Pandemic News Overload

March 19, 2020

The past few weeks have been stressful for pretty much everyone in the world, to say the least. The Covid-19 pandemic is radically altering our lives, like it or not. My wife and I find ourselves having to take breaks from the news, obsessing over it causes physical sickness.

There is so much news between 24-hour cable channels and social media from all over the world, it is easy to fall into a mindless trance of horror and despair for hours. It is not healthy, and we have to force ourselves to concentrate on our own family and our local community first. I am reminded of the late Aaron Swartz's stance on news. Very few people will ever have a chance in their lives to make global change, we need to concentrate on our families, friends, and local towns or neighborhoods.

We have two, free weekly newspapers that come to our door every Wednesday - you know the small ones with regional news, supported by the coupons and store flyers that come bundled with them. Lately I have been saving them and reading them on Sunday mornings with a cup of coffee. I find it relaxing and much more relevant to my daily life than reddit and CBC news.

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