Need to know: When to turn off the newsPosted: September 10, 2014
Some content close to the theme of an exhibition I’m currently organising:
This week in the U.S., almost every flickering device will try to spoon-feed you some distressing news footage — and then help you wash it down with a double-liter of fizzy partisan punditry. What’s the impact on your health and mindset? 3 ideas behind the week’s headlines.
Source: “What to do when the news gets you down,” Wisconsin Public Radio, 2014.
Why you should read it: Mary McNaughton-Cassill, a leading researcher in the psychology of media impact, says that it’s not the breaking news that breaks us down — it’s our repeated exposure to distressing news and images. And while the world really hasn’t gotten worse, the invention of CNN and the 24-hour news cycle have warped our perception of the world. “If you think about the changes in media and technology,” says McNaughton-Cassill, “people have always had scary things happening around them — disasters, wars, and those sorts of events — but…
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