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News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier
In the past few decades, the fortunate among us have recognised the hazards of living with an overabundance of food (obesity, diabetes) and have started to change our diets. But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don't really concern our lives and don't require thinking. News misleads. We are not rational enough to be exposed to the press. News is irrelevant. News has no explanatory power. News is toxic to your body. News increases cognitive errors. News inhibits thinking. News works like a drug. News wastes time. News makes us passive. News kills creativity. Society needs journalism – but in a different way. I have now gone without news for four years, so I can see, feel and report the effects of this freedom first-hand: less disruption, less anxiety, deeper thinking, more time, more insights. … we have a small favour to ask. Related:  PROGRAMME LV1 TERMINALEInteresting

How live blogging has transformed journalism | Economy 10.57 GMT: Hello and welcome to an article about live blogging, a discussion of a format that has been derided as murdering traditional reporting but is almost certainly the most important journalistic development of the past year. Unfortunately, it's impossible to sustain the live blog format beyond that opening conceit. Because that is the key point; live blogging is a uniquely digital format that has evolved in a way that is native to the web. This year, as the Arab revolutions have unfolded, live blogging has rapidly become the dominant form for breaking news online – deployed by virtually every major news organisation on their home page and the online answer to 24/7 television news. I should declare an interest. On fast-moving stories, live blogs give the ability to post significant developments quickly – more quickly than editing and re-editing a news article. They require careful, continuous signposting to guide the reader to the story's main points. It is hard not to agree.

Business-Class FREE web hosting at - PHP, MySQL, No Ads A New Theory of Distraction “At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction,” the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, in 1839. Those were the days. Browning is still right, of course: ask any reader of Wikipedia or Urban Dictionary. She sounds anachronistic only because no modern person needs advice about how to be distracted. Like typing, Googling, and driving, distraction is now a universal competency. We’re all experts. Still, for all our expertise, distraction retains an aura of mystery. Another source of confusion is distraction’s apparent growth. The second big theory is spiritual—it’s that we’re distracted because our souls are troubled. A version of that mutual-reinforcement theory is more or less what Matthew Crawford proposes in his new book, “The World Beyond Your Head: Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). “The World Beyond Your Head” is insightful and, in parts, convincing.

What is the difference between a blogger and a journalist? - Quora Keimelion - revisão de textos: dicas muito úteis Autores e orientadores constroem e reconstroem sentidos a partir de diferentes exercícios de escrita que se realizam em gêneros específicos do domínio discursivo compreendido por monografias, dissertações, teses, artigos, resenhas, resumos. A cada fase da evolução do texto da dissertação o autor o submete ao orientador, a algum colega ou leitor crítico, ou o próprio autor relê sua produção e se estabelecem os objetivos, critérios e restrições para a tarefa de reescrita; o autor passa à avaliação de seu texto-rascunho. Revisão é procedimento posterior e envolve outro interventor no processo de produção do texto. O subprocesso de avaliação da produção é o momento da reescrita em que o autor ou seu orientador lê seu texto com três objetivos: compreender, avaliar e definir problemas. A leitura avaliativa é enfatizada, pois permite ao autor, na reescrita, de acordo com o problema representado no rascunho, determinar o procedimento na tarefa de reescrever. A estratégia de ignorar

The Moral Bucket List Photo ABOUT once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. When I meet such a person it brightens my whole day. A few years ago I realized that I wanted to be a bit more like those people. It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. We all know that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé ones. But if you live for external achievement, years pass and the deepest parts of you go unexplored and unstructured. So a few years ago I set out to discover how those deeply good people got that way. I came to the conclusion that wonderful people are made, not born — that the people I admired had achieved an unfakeable inner virtue, built slowly from specific moral and spiritual accomplishments. THE HUMILITY SHIFT We live in the culture of the Big Me. SELF-DEFEAT External success is achieved through competition with others.

U.S. Court: Bloggers Are Journalists - Robinson Meyer Updated, Wednesday, 11:45 a.m. One of the great questions of our time came closer to resolution last week, when a federal court ruled that bloggers are journalists—at least when it comes to their First Amendment rights. The Ninth Circuit ruled as such on Friday in Obsidian Finance Group v. Background That Is Not About Are Bloggers Journalists In 2010, Crystal Cox—an “investigative blogger”—published a series of angry posts about Obsidian Finance Group and its partners, alleging tax fraud, money laundering, and other crimes. Only statements of apparent fact can be ruled defamation. The New York Times’s media reporter David Carr wrote about the case that year, ruling it less about journalism than Right and Wrong: “She didn’t so much report stories,” he said of Cox, “as use blogging, invective and search engine optimization to create an alternative reality.” Other things were going on in the case. The Bloggers and Journalists Part Was Cox, a self-titled blogger, in fact a journalist?

Peixe Babel - Não Entre em Pânico De Não Entre em Pânico O peixe-babel é pequeno, amarelo e semelhante a uma sanguessuga, e é provavelmente a criatura mais estranha em todo o Universo. Alimenta-se de energia mental, não daquele que o hospeda, mas das criaturas ao redor dele. Absorve todas as freqüências mentais inconscientes desta energia mental e se alimenta delas, e depois expele na mente de seu hospedeiro uma matriz telepática formada pela combinação das freqüências mentais conscientes com os impulsos nervosos captados dos centros cerebrais responsáveis pela fala do cérebro que os emitiu. Na prática, o efeito disto é o seguinte: se você introduz no ouvido um peixe-babel, você compreende imediatamente tudo o que lhe for dito em qualquer língua. Ora, seria uma coincidência tão absurdamente improvável que um ser tão estonteantemente útil viesse a surgir por acaso, por meio da evolução das espécies, que alguns pensadores vêem no peixe-babel a prova definitiva da inexistência de Deus.

A color-coded map of the world’s most and least emotional countries By Max Fisher November 28, 2012 A map of the world's countries by most and least emotional. Click to enlarge. (Max Fisher) Since 2009, the Gallup polling firm has surveyed people in 150 countries and territories on, among other things, their daily emotional experience. Gallup has tallied up the average "yes" responses from respondents in almost every country on Earth. Singapore is the least emotional country in the world. The Philippines is the world's most emotional country. Post-Soviet countries are consistently among the most stoic. People in the Americas are just exuberant. English- and Spanish-speaking societies tend to be highly emotional and happy. Africans are generally stoic, with some significant exceptions. The Middle East is not happy. What am I missing?

Networked journalism | Opinion Is new media killing journalism? Media freedom is about power and it is time for that power to shift. Journalists have always been the subject of our concerns about press freedom, but now the public must become part of the equation. Working together, journalists and citizens can secure our fragile media freedoms in the face of global threats. The amount of media freedom has increased since the end of the Cold War and the liberalisation of media markets around the world. At the same time professional journalists are still subject to familiar hazards such as violence, censorship and commercial pressure. In my new book, SuperMedia, I argue that in the end only politics can protect press freedom but that there is a lot that the news media can do. This is the idea that traditional journalism opens itself up to the public. Blogging is the least of it. The new media freedom is also found on the campaigning pages on Facebook. This may sound a tad idealistic. | Promoting Skillsharing | Learn Skills, share tools, save money and make great new friends Streetbank is very like Justfortheloveofit. It lets you share things and skills with your neighbours and join in with community discussions. If you'd like to move your Justfortheloveofit account over to Streetbank, just enter your email address below and we'll pull your details across. Enter your email here Why is this happening? has grown very large very quickly, in fact there are over 50,000 of you! Is Mark still involved? Yes, Mark is now part of the Streetbank leadership team. Tell me more about Streetbank Streetbank and Justfortheloveofit are very similar, with similar aims, and ideals. Can I still use the old site? You can still reach the old site for a limited time from here if you need to read it or find some information.

25 Greatest Austin Bands of All Time | Arts+Labor Magazine First a word about the elephant not in this room. I love the late Doug Sahm, the musician who best epitomized the Austin scene because he grew up in clubs and could play it all, but you won’t find his name in this list because his two greatest bands–the Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados–were based in San Antonio, not Austin. This is a ranking of bands, not solo artists and the musicians who backed them up, so although Sahm, guitar whiz Eric Johnson, songwriter Butch Hancock, and other true Austin trailblazers fronted some terrific groups, none made this 25-band salute. When you think about the thousands of bands that have made Austin home since the 1940s, a lot of very good groups did not make the list. While ranking these bands, innovation was an important consideration, as was national prominence. It’s different here when it comes to music. So there was a lot to mull. Great bands are the best thing about Austin and lousy bands are down there with traffic. 1. 3. “Number 3? 4. 5.

Fact-check: is the media really to blame for Donald Trump? | US news Addressing the usual throng of press reporters earlier this month, Ted Cruz said, “The mainstream media loves talking about Donald Trump” – a statement that was instantly relayed by the media, complete with a loud reference to Trump in the headline. The irony doesn’t end there. In the past few weeks, countless articles have wondered aloud whether too many articles are being written about Donald Trump. Is the media to blame for Donald Trump? The risks of navel-gazing and delusions of grandeur are high when the media itself takes on that question. Nonetheless, this data journalist’s analysis suggests there are several strong reasons to take on the question, and several strong reasons to raise doubt about the conclusion. The stakes in the question are high (if the media truly is to blame then perhaps we could also shape who becomes the next US president). Although the question is important, it’s still problematic. Trump had the highest name recognition to begin with