Leaving the Internet for Two weeks

Since I was a young teenager, the internet has been a large part of my life.  I’ve always been an avid consumer of whats on the net, I cord cut cable before it was cool, I played MMOs that were text based before World of Warcraft, I’ve digitized my DVD library before streaming services came around, I even used my PC to text my friends before smart phones were big.  I’ve always been big into tech and gadgets, and there has been very few times in my life I wasn’t connected to the internet.  Now I have two discord servers, Twitter, Facebook, Gab, PlayStation, Xbox Live and steam, all with different friends, and different people contacting me all the time.  I haven’t even watched a YouTube video.  I don’t really use Facebook anymore, it’s pretty much there for personal friends to contact me.  All the others I use pseudo-names, mostly to keep my family from being harassed, and the anonymity lets me express things I normally would filter.  For example, I’m pretty politically open on Twitter, but not on Facebook, for reasons like those found here.

Well for the last two weeks, I didn’t log into any of those (with the exception of my PlayStation, but I didn’t play any social games like Warframe like I normally do).  You could call it a internet cleanse, and I honestly don’t really want to go back to being a heavy user of some of these services like I used to be.  I feel a lot less stressed, I am more focused at work, I feel more positive and motivated everyday.  The constant barrage of news seems to have caused such a drain on my mental state prior to these last couple weeks.  And what did I miss?  People are still freaking out about the Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS nomination.  People are still freaking out that Trump is the President.  Everyone is still a racist and Russian bot.  Nothing has changed, all the outrage is still there, yet I feel better and happier.

I’m here to proclaim that news fatigue is real, and everyone should do themselves a favor and take some time out of Social Networks.  Use the time to meditate, clean your room, ask your spouse some questions, play with your kids, talk with your parents.  There are more pressing issues in life than what Trump tweets.

 

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A Couple Ways CNN (and others) Can Heal Trust

CNN has a major problem on it’s hands.

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They aren’t trusted, especially among Republicans, and we all know the trust hasn’t gotten better since 2015.  How can CNN (or any other network for that matter, since it isn’t only a CNN problem) get their trust back?  We are going to discuss a couple issues, they can deal with to solve this trust problem.

Anonymous Sources

They need to stay out of reporting for anonymous sources.  I get staying anonymous is VERY important, but they don’t apply that to their opposition as well, as seen in the video above.  If you skipped the video, the context of it is, CNN reports on people that don’t want to be reported, and hides their “sources”.  Anonymity protects individuals, but that means there is no accountability for lies, and the double standard is strong.  Especially when you hear about them trying to get juror names and addresses.  I’d imagine if they gave their sources, and normal people like us could vet them with our own opinions, that would repair some of the damage they’ve caused.  Also, stop doxxing people!

Bias Masked as Neutral

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CNN claims they are unbiased.  The quickest google search can shows you that isn’t true, as seen in the picture above.  If you pay attention to politics, it isn’t hard to see who is and who isn’t politically charged.  Most main stream news outlets lean left, and CNN is no different.  Fox is the only main stream news network that has a right leaning.  Is being politically charged a bad thing?  No, the problem lies when you are either ignorant about your bias, or you are lying about it.  This can be the difference between fake news and not fake news, as you can see from the Project Veritas video below.

The solution to the bias problem is to just admit it.  Reach out to the public to let them know you have a bias and you then make a promise to TRY to remain neutral on as many publications as possible.  Then you can have all the opinion journalists you want on the air.

Stop being a “brain” for your audience, give the news, let them make up their minds.  Be honest and admit your bias and mistakes.  And for goodness sake, stop hating Trump 24/7, the guy isn’t Hitler.