Quitting TV News

I used to spend a lot of time watching the news. At breakfast, I’d usually turn to iPlayer for the latest from BBC News. Sometimes, I’d even turn it on at lunch, and at other times, when I just needed to know what was happening in the world.

Well not only does the news not accurately depict “what is happening in the world” broadcast news can also be inefficient and not as scholarly—full of sound bites.

Instead of following TV news now, I’m opting to do something similar to what John Zeratsky does; indeed I was inspired by his book, Make Time. Rather than follow BBC News, I’ve signed up to The Week and will experiment with getting my news from a publication—in depth, and at a time that I can devote my time to actually learning from what I read.

I will give The Week a try and then also subscribe to The Economist to see which I prefer.

The aim is to improve concentration, be present and focused on one task at a time, and actually learn from information consumption rather than just hearing what someone has to say about a topic in 90 seconds.

Will let you know how it goes.