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Old 07-14-2014, 10:53 AM   #1
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Personal retirement observation

6 months in, I've noticed my media consumption has changed. Have always been a big news consumer. Read 2 daily papers and consumed a lot of local news and the daily 1/2 hour national newscasts on a daily basis (necessity..see below) Never a big cable net news fanatic and only checked in during big breaking news events.

Since retirement, I'm seeing the world differently and I've developed a slight aversion to all the negative news. We now will watch the local 5pm newscast and the 1/2 hour national news that follows, but avoid everything else. Life is much happier without all the negative stuff.

And what did I do before I retired? I ran a television station.

How do you handle all the negativity that's out there? As a normal viewer now, I feel more empowered by the remote control and the ability to just walk away and find a real activity.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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The older I get, the more I avoid negative news. Most of it has no direct impact on me or my family so I really don't care to waste time watching/listening to negative news. My retired friends have the same viewpoint when it comes to this.
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I gone the opposite route since retired. Now I watch more news. It's news, sports or a few shows. I think the reason I watch news more is because that's still better and not as boring as all the reality tv crap stuff out there.
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How do you handle all the negativity that's out there? As a normal viewer now, I feel more empowered by the remote control and the ability to just walk away and find a real activity.
+1. Even on movie & TV show selections, I pick ones that are uplifting & funny. It's a bit of cop out but I want a least amount of stress with the rest of my life I have.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:26 AM   #5
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I have become more of a news junkie over the years but I prefer to triangulate my information to get different perspectives and get the analysis of major world developments. I cut cable two years ago. I read news and watch selected domestic and international broadcasts online.
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I just have to read the newspaper online of a major metropolitan area such as Houston. It is filled with cat pictures and little in the way of negative news.

More feel-good news is found at npr.org

One can also tailor their google news to present the kinds of articles one like. For example, if you want cat pictures, you can get news with cat pictures only.

bbc news is mostly just the facts without sensationalism, too.
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I cut most news (TV or paper) and replaced it with additional exercise (I was already exercising regularly). One of my biggest improvements to overall well being came from doing this. Or, if you can't exercise, try meditation or yoga.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:50 AM   #8
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I don't watch the news now as much as I once did, either.

How do I deal with the negativity? Like someguy, I exercise regularly. But mostly I shut the news off and instead I play happy, stress free kiddie video games like Animal Crossing or Tomodachi Life.

People may think that is juvenile, but hey, I enjoy these games and there are no "rules" for retirement that I know of. So, I am happy and unstressed these days.
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Interesting timing, given the recent blog from Stossel.

Real news takes time...

Clueless reporters: The important news you're missing | Fox News
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I have become more of a news junkie over the years but I prefer to triangulate my information to get different perspectives and get the analysis of major world developments. I cut cable two years ago. I read news and watch selected domestic international broadcasts online.
This, except we still get cable. I just don't watch the news. DH and I were in a hotel Saturday night on our way home from a trip and he had a news station on. After 10 minutes going on an on about war, young American solders getting maimed by IEDs, etc., I had to ask him to change the station. It's important for me to know it's happening but I don't need to dwell on the gory details.

I get my news from BBC podcasts as well as a couple of video podcasts in French and German. This gives me another point of view, helps me with my fluency, and allows me to fast-forward to the next item if I'm getting too depressed. We also get the daily paper so I can fill in the gaps where something got lost in translation.

Last week we were in a remote cave in Alaska (El Capitan) and the ranger there hadn't heard of the dramatic rescue last month of the caver in Berchtesgaden, Germany who sustained a serious head injury during a rockslide (he was wearing a helmet) and was finally brought out of the cave (Germany's deepest) 12 days later. I was happy to share news that hadn't gotten quite that far!
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I figure it is time to turn the future over to the younger people. It's theirs to fix and build. It's theirs to break and ruin. I can't see choosing to be perpetually angry/sad/upset/frustrated/anxious about every little inane pop-news item that arises. I got a Roku box with Netflix and Amazon Prime. I also got a 8.9 inch Kindle HDX. No news allowed except as my husband expresses an interest.
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Interesting timing, given the recent blog from Stossel.

Real news takes time...

Clueless reporters: The important news you're missing | Fox News
Interesting blog, but unfortunately that kind of news doesn't sell. By that I mean there is a difference in what heavy news users say they want and what will really consume.

Strictly speaking about local news, news topics and viewing behaviors of news viewers has always been highly researched. Weather always leads the way as the topic viewers most want, followed by crime. 9/11 marked the beginning of a change in what the public wants and it revolves around 'keeping the family safe' thus crime reporting is very important when it is happening in your neighborhood. With that noted, the local news operation is left to make the decision as to become the 'hard' news station with the sensationalistic approach or take a less bombastic approach. You'll generally see the #3 station in a market is the loudest (trying to get attention, like the youngest child) and the dominant station is more reserved in presentation. Some markets are hard news markets and some are more conservative... seems to relate to median income of the population just like poverty and high crime rates are related.

There was a station a few years ago that promoted a 'good news only' newscast which the viewers loudly applauded and promptly changed the channel. Only lasted a few weeks.

What disturbs me is the demise of the newspaper business model. So many newspapers are on their way out of business and with that in depth, investigative reporting will suffer and we will be left with bloggers and social media trying to fill that void. Accuracy and factual reporting are no longer standards of the Fifth Estate.

My thoughts are related to local media and not the national mass media.. that is a different ball game of which I have an opinion, but I'm not qualified to comment on.
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Except for a few newspapers of record, I shut the news out of my life. It's mostly fluff anyways.
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What disturbs me is the demise of the newspaper business model. So many newspapers are on their way out of business and with that in depth, investigative reporting will suffer and we will be left with bloggers and social media trying to fill that void. Accuracy and factual reporting are no longer standards of the Fifth Estate.
That troubles me too. I just read an article about the death of photojournalism as a career. So many have dismantled their photo staffs relying instead on the occasional photo contract or mostly on photos that people will send in for free. And the loss in quality shows.

But I feel free to turn off the bad news simply because too much gets depressing and alters one's view of life.
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What disturbs me is the demise of the newspaper business model. So many newspapers are on their way out of business and with that in depth, investigative reporting will suffer and we will be left with bloggers and social media trying to fill that void. Accuracy and factual reporting are no longer standards of the Fifth Estate.
Amen, I saw Bob Woodward recently and that was his belief as well. Speed seems to be the only thing that counts now a days, regardless of correctness or not. In-depth investigation is dead.
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What disturbs me is the demise of the newspaper business model. So many newspapers are on their way out of business and with that in depth, investigative reporting will suffer and we will be left with bloggers and social media trying to fill that void. Accuracy and factual reporting are no longer standards of the Fifth Estate.
I agree- DH and I still get the local paper even though it seems expensive and they won't give you a credit for suspending your subscription while going on vacation anymore. They still devote the time and resources to do investigative journalism piece and every once in awhile they break a very good story. As an example, they raised a lot of hackles when they downloaded the National Practitioner Database, which provided info on medical malpractice cases but without physician or patient names, then cross-referenced them against local court cases and records on whose licenses had been suspended, and found a lot of cases of repeat offenders who were still practicing in the area. (Note to all you medical people: I know bad outcomes happen that have nothing to do with the competence of the physician- my sister and an uncle are doctors. There are, however, bozos in every profession and they shouldn't be practicing.)

It was a great story, but they temporarily took the database offline and now you have to promise not to cross-reference it against other information before they let you download it.
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I phased out newspapers as my news source after I ERed. In 2007, just before I ERed, Newsday, our local newspaper here on Long Island, began charging to use its previously free website so I stopped visiting it. I had already stopped buying their newspaper because there wasn't really anything in there I wanted to read.

My news sources now are my local cable news station, News12, and its website, for local news; For other news I watch C-Span and PBS. Those other so-called cable news channels, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News, are to me the "Chris Christie Bridgegate channel," "The Lost Malaysian Jet Channel," and "We Hate Obama and Liberals channel."
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I phased out newspapers as my news source after I ERed. In 2007, just before I ERed, Newsday, our local newspaper here on Long Island, began charging to use its previously free website so I stopped visiting it. I had already stopped buying their newspaper because there wasn't really anything in there I wanted to read.

My news sources now are my local cable news station, News12, and its website, for local news; For other news I watch C-Span and PBS. Those other so-called cable news channels, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News, are to me the "Chris Christie Bridgegate channel," "The Lost Malaysian Jet Channel," and "We Hate Obama and Liberals channel."
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I never was much of a news follower in any form. I cannot stand to watch it on TV on any channel, so I don't. I will read the important (to me) headlines online and the occasional article.
I let Mr B do the news watching thing for me and have him fill me in. I go to another room and do something else when he watches TV news.
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I have been lurking occasionally but too busy in retirement this summer to post. However, this thread caught my eye and I thought I would chime in. These days I rarely read or watch the news. I find it negative, boring and without substance. When I take a break from being physically active, I tend to read a good book, peruse a few blogs or turn on some good music and tend to housework or cooking both of which were the domain of my DW. She smiles and says I am becoming domesticated, but I actually enjoy it and I appreciate all that she did when I was full tilt in my career. It is an amazing feeling when you disconnect from the grid and just take in what's right in front of you. Of course, this is not new, as it was our general demeanor when we were children. Ha!
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