On Friday, the Guardian ran a provocative op-ed by Rolf Dobelli arguing that news is bad for our health and hinders our thinking. The much-discussed article, which the author had first written two years ago, was excerpted from the soon-to-be-released “The Art of Thinking Clearly,” a compendium of essays penned by theself-described “serial entrepreneur, thinker and writer.”*
Dolbelli’s argument is that “news is to the mind what sugar is to the body.” Not only does it distract us from wider issues, but it tells us stuff we don’t need to know, has a toxic effect on our bodies, inhibits our thinking, wastes our time, and makes us passive. Heavy stuff!
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