Phil Fox Rose thinks so and says so in this article on BustedHalo.

I made the following comment:

What if the news makes you more sensitive to the plight and hardship that others face? I agree that CERTAIN people should turn off the news if it makes you more hardened of heart but what if it has the opposite effect as well?

Secondly, would you consider something like “The Daily Show” news?

Phil doesn’t seem to think that this is the case. Is it irresponsible to not keep up with the news? Phil thinks so but also states that you don’t have to watch the hogwash that is your local TV news.

Of course, there are times when one should pay attention to the news. When there is literally a crisis occurring, it might be helpful. When there is a national issue in which your input is possible, such as elections, or something like the current health care debate, you want to play your part. But these are specific issues for which you can tune in or visit websites at specific times. Or at least you can watch the news only while these situations are occurring.

Any thoughts? What does the evening news do to you? Or do you get all your news from Facebook and Twitter?

0 thoughts on “Should you turn off the news?”
  1. I just know that I find myself turning the TV on less often and that I am staying away from the computer and blackberry a bit more these days.
    Fran

  2. Via Facebook

    From Connie Lane Neuman:

    As that lovely group of Carmelites in Indiana proposed on their website (until their group grew so small they had to give it up): pray the news.

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    Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

    Sue just heard me say that I don't watch the news much when we were at small faith sharing on Wednesday. I get my news from other sources and too much news is… too much.

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    from: Susan Magan Karpovich

    I am not a news addict but I do like to sit down at least once a day to "catch up on what's going on". My heart breaks at stories of war, murder, joblessness, etc., and I say a prayer for those affected. But, we are all in this world together, and something as common as "the news" makes me feel connected to the world at large; informed so I can form opinions on things, grateful for the lot I have in life, and a better well-rounded person for my attempt at staying ' up to date. I read our local paper just about every day, with my breakfast. If I miss a day's news the world will not come to an end. However, I find many sites on the Internet to be very one-sided (more so than "mainstream" network news) and I don't particularly care for those. The 24-hour news channels just take a molehill and make a mountain out of it–enough already! My motto is "everything in moderation" so I'll take my news with the rest of my community–on the local TV station.

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