I’ve been very deliberately cleansing my news feed. I Believe that I need to be informed, see both sides of issues and get my news from multiple sources. But there’s so much insidious outrage porn out there that I’ve become an aggressive editor to what comes at me. This is not analogous to putting my head in the sand, I’m still aware of what matters. No, this is self-preservation.
It started with the obvious. Don’t watch the local bleed it leads news. Don’t listen to politic outrage radio. Don’t listen to sports radio that only seeks less to infor, highlight and discuss as it does to mock, rage and complain.
But digging deeper, it meant muting friends and family who post clickbate outrage. Sifting out the people I follow on Twitter based on not just what they post, but what they like. These likes end up in my feed whether I want them or not. Thanks a bunch Twitter.
This falls into the know what to say no to philosophy. I’m getting better at saying no. But also yes. I’m following more long-form bloggers like Farnom Street and Brain Pickings. I’ve been following Seth Godin for years. Instead of being a slave to the radio I listen to podcasts. And after talking to a friend I’ve decided to give Audible another go. Other yeses are Instagram feeds from places I want to go, or go back to.
Ultimately we become what we focus on. In this world where everything demands your focus, saying no more seems to be the only way to move ahead. No gives you more elbow room for yes.