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#1 flashingrooster

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Posted 02 October 2019 - 06:22 PM

I have absorbed a ridiculous amount of light from a screen during my limited time on this planet. It has always provided me with a source of comfort, entertainment and belonging. I think every generation the screen times seems to increase. But what I find has really changed the game is the cell phone.

 

This device that you carry with you into every room of your house. It records and learns everything about you. And then turns around and makes its products more addicting of what it has learned. I noticed I was spending more and more time on the news app flipping through articles, half reading them and making stupid comments like anyone gives a shit what anyone else has to say on there. 

 

 My main beef these days is with the state of news. Joe Rogan put it very well when he explained that when you use free news apps. You are basically getting a shit ton of one sided opinion pieces that are being churned out by twenty year old's in their basement. When the frigg did a top ten list become a news article...  These are not journalists, more like bloggers disguised as journalists. We reached a tipping point when more people got their news off facebook than an actual publication. So the flood of nonsense and misinformation began. Real investigative journalism is expensive and difficult to produce. So as the major publications started to lose market share to basement bloggers. The quality of their product was forced to change to keep investors happy. So we basically get force fed poorly written propaganda, at least the old school propaganda was well written and you just might learn a thing or two.

 

Some of the way's they do this are

 

The add's disguised as articles trick, like top 10 destinations your should tavel to this year, ect. They have a fancy name for it, sponsored content. Data collection to sell of to anyone who is interested, and the specific catered news feeds that people started getting. Learn what you like and force feed you more articles like that. Have you ever noticed that the news only seems to give you negative feelings. Like the world is on the edge of catastrophic failure.

 

This too is by design, because they realized mad people click on things much more than happy people. A pissed off viewer is an engaged one. In this case you do get more bee's with shit, than honey. So the algorithms have learned this about us and are force feeding you more articles that piss you off. It is truly a nasty cycle

 

I remember watching the Howard stern movie and they were reviewing how long people who were fan's were listening per day. It was hours less than the people that were enraged by him and wanted him off the air. 

 

So in the last month or so I have been trying to kick the idea of the new's all together. It's sad that it has become this toxic for us. What does all that bullshit have to do with my life? We project other peoples problems to be our own, and search for answers to solve them. When in reality nobody is looking for our solutions. I gotta say, it has been sort of an eye opener of how much time I was wasting with things I cannot control

 

When I was a younger lad I met an older gentleman and had a few drinks with him. We started talking about this and he exclaimed that as he got older he realized it was just all so meaningless. Things that you have no control or sway in any way what so ever. Yet we let ourselves get emotionally invested, its silly and draining for our mental health. I will always remember that piece of advice, following it is another thing entirely.

 

I don't advocate to just stick your head in the sand and ignore what is going on around you. But maybe just try to focus on a smaller circle. Read your local newspaper. What goes on in your small community of friends and family. Concentrate on that, because in the end, that's all that really matters


Edited by flashingrooster, 02 October 2019 - 06:23 PM.

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 07:34 PM

Well spoken Flash. This time were moving into is most definitely unique with the access of technology in general. I've caught myself in the same trap you've gone through in a few areas. The banking and monetary system, politics, various conspiracy theories and facts and various religions. News as you've said is most definitely the greatest waste of time and thought. While you could actually gain somewhat from the other black holes I've listed, news in general is mere commentary and that's about all. I see it as a gauge of global madness. It's something I've sworn off then gone back to only to swear off again. That says "addiction" to me in a basic form. I think you're right about the angry being drawn to it, similar to road ragers, they love to get pissed. While I don't count myself as being drawn by anger, I am interested in their opinions as a gauge of where we are as a people.
You've inspired me to back off again and put my time into efforts that offer gain.
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Posted 25 November 2019 - 10:37 PM

This is related and un-related. I've often considered my relationship to the world. 

 

I think it's wrong to suppose that when I speak I speak to and for the general population, so take it that I speak to myself and to very few others. 

 

If I put my head in the sand... there's a world with my head in the sand. If I leave my head outside the sand, there's a world with my head outside the sand. Who's to say which world is better? I tend to value both. And, primarily, and more importantly, I like the look of sand in my eyes. Of course that sand in my eyes might really be a good friend, a brother, a father, a random stranger... so on. 


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 05:56 AM

Sometimes it can help to stick your head in the sand for your mental health, but at some point it's good to take it out again.

All that sand can become counter productive, meaningless and quite boring. The world looks different after a while.

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 08:40 PM

Consider this: Don't put your head in the sand, see the world as it is, which is mad. Build a sand wall and just peek over every once in awhile to see if they're getting any worse....
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Posted 07 December 2019 - 10:05 AM

I also feel like the news and most social media have become festering pools of toxic emotions and thought. I do my best to avoid as much as I can now. (it wasn't always this way in my memory)

After 15 years as a slave to blackberry's, pagers, and being on call for work all hours, I chose to live life without a cell phone 3 years ago. With smart phones these days and observing the zombie masses wandering around unable to detach from their stream of propaganda and pointless social followings, it seems to have been a good choice for me. I am so much more observant of all the moments in the day, and alert to the daily hints that nature shares for any who take the time to see.

 

I have abandoned Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, in totality for all but the first weeks I signed up, before I felt that it was all self absorbed blathering and sycophant repeat of opinion without any value.

I find it difficult to avoid all the news, but I don't obsess over it now.

 

I don't feel this has made me less informed, but more balanced in what is in my opinion a better ratio of real life interaction, and outside sources of information input.

 

This is actually the only place where I feel comfortable interacting online, and with the people that are here.....


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Posted 07 December 2019 - 10:40 AM

Me too Sky, I always avoided most social interaction on the internet. This has been the first time I have participated in an online community.   Unless you count the comment sections..... ewww

 

I did dabble in that for a brief period

 

I don't really want to be an advocate for other peoples opinions and idea's anymore. Granted it may be impossible to form your own as they will always be a hodgepodge of things you have collected along the way. Disconnecting from the daily propaganda gives me some room to at least think them over and have conversations with friends about it. Or come to the conclusion that it's really meaningless other than a form of entertainment

 

It's funny. I used to think that it was somehow important to stay "informed". But there are two sides to every story and likely you don't have to time or energy to hear out both sides of everything you come across. So a bias forms out of necessity. They had a good line on the show the loudest voice.   "People don't want to be informed, they want to feel informed"

 

I accidentally clicked on the news feed on my phone yesterday and was instantly annoyed by the politics... I stopped and went why did I do that to myself. Goodbye 

 

I just watch animal video's on you tube to fill to gaps now. So much more soothing and relaxing to the soul

 

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 11:56 AM

Except for a desktop computer, I still don't have a clue about all the "devices."   I became a forum junkie early on when I got dial-up in the '90s.  I got sorely tired of the flame wars, even on forums where you would get help with some issue the forums may have been dedicated to.  The same guy who would give you the straight skinny on how to fix an issue on your sawmill or tractor would later beat you over the head with the Fox News gospel.    But I had been a political researcher/activist with an investigative reporting addiction from before the internet, with these old things called magazines, radical non-commercial radio, and books.   We don't get what's going on unless we learn where to look.  It's work to be informed and not disinformed.  I stay at it because my issue is corruption and its wars.  I just have to do that as much as I can.  The idea that we can't get informed benefits corruption and not corruption's opposition.  I've been a member of a shitload of forums, but only two at present, and this is still my best loved.

 

So, is my mental health called into question?


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Posted 07 December 2019 - 12:03 PM

Soon enough there won't even be the option to stick your head in the sand.

 

Because there's a goddamned global sand crisis now. [sigh...]

 

https://futurism.com...bal-sand-crisis


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Posted 07 December 2019 - 12:16 PM

What the fuck are you doing outside your cocoon?



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Posted 07 December 2019 - 12:19 PM

I'm still inside. I got decent cell coverage in here.


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Posted 08 December 2019 - 10:59 AM

Only you hold the answer to that question Alder

 

Like the Guy said above, one should not assume my thoughts are others, perhaps the title was misleading. 

 

It should have said unplug for my mental health. I had invested myself into something that really did not provide me with much joy.

 

I suppose you could say that I take the position of the comedian in the watchmen comic series. It's an extreme view and I get that it's not for everybody.  I came back to who I really am, I was confused thinking I needed to be informed so I could try to change the world. But the reality is I don't really care.  I don't advocate for everyone to do it. We need people out there that care, or the world would be complete chaos. But let them do the work if they enjoy it.  If society is like an ant colony, we all have our roles to play. Does it really matter if that one ant fuck's off and does not complete his given "task". The colony will go on just fine without that ant. 

 

What I truly enjoy is trying to make people happy, telling jokes and stories. Having real conversations about our lives and for the most part just trying to share this grand experience that is life. 

 

Don't get me wrong I do enjoy consuming information. The more you learn it widen's your perspective and you are able to see more of the world. Unfortunately what you are going to find watching the news is a very very ugly world. Like you said Alder it's a lot of work to stay informed. Trying to chase down the truth becomes ever more elusive these days. We get force fed opinions not anything close to what you could call the truth. So both sides put out  there version of the truth and expect us to pick a side. I reached the point where I don't really care to hear it anymore. Everywhere you look in this world you will find corruption, it's human nature. The shit mountain feel's to tall to scale. 

 

I guess an easy way to sum it up in pop culture would be. I want to go back into the matrix. Ignorance is bliss

 

But again, that's just me. The system won't work if everyone acts like me. I understand that aspect of it. 

 

  The truth is it doesn't really matter to me what people do to occupy their time. All the power to you Alder for your pursuit of the truth. It is something society needs to try to function correctly. You enjoy it so fire away man

 

One of my friends is into just about every internet conspiracy other than flat earth. I used to argue with him all the time about.... god, take your pick... the moon... 911...pizza gate... the clintons... endless hours of arguing about nothing. The only thing that would happen after all that hoopla is  one of us getting pissed off.

 

I was getting deeper and deeper into the news cycle and it did become a sort of addiction. And more pointedly the political side of it all. It's just become so fucking exhausting to watch. I used to sort of think less of people that just watched reality tv and read tabloids. But not anymore, who really cares how you fill your day. I want the freedom to be able to fill mine with whatever I want so should everyone else. 

  Like an addict that has just got out of rehab I feel like I have a new lease on life without this constant negative feed into it. 

 

I learned to embrace my inner child again, and surprise!  It's been fun!

 

I am an observer not an doer. I leave that up to all billions of other people out there. 

 

Here, I will let the man explain it better than I ever could

 

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 11:25 AM

See that article that tv posted is a perfect example of things I need to avoid.

 

It creates this tiny little bug of worry in the back of my mind. What the fuck am I going to do about the global sand crisis now that I know it's a problem? Absolutely nothing. But it will stick in the back of my mind as another major reason why we are overpopulated and fucking up this planet to the point of destruction. All these news stories build up together and gives me a sense of dread. I don't want that feeling anymore

 

Did I really need to be informed about that story in China where some asshole walked into a classroom full of children and sprayed them with a dangerous chemical. In no way does that positively effect my life. Just a gross thing I would rather have never heard about


Edited by flashingrooster, 08 December 2019 - 11:30 AM.


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Posted 08 December 2019 - 03:37 PM

A minister, a rabbi, and a priest walk into a bar.   The bartender asks, "what is this, some kind of a joke?"


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