I really appreciated this post. Despite the fact that I enjoy reading about the world and finding out about current events, I'm also frustrated with TV news and MSM news in general. They never provide enough information to develop your view of the world, only to tantalize and get you invested, then they hop onto the next story. There's a total lack of growth, or of substance, the people who have the need to keep up are given a very surface level look at how the world actually operates. So in a sense, it lures them in with a psychological need that is not necessary (the fear of missing out), and then also deprives them of becoming informed.
I particularly agreed with your point here: >People who increasingly don’t have friends or connections IRL resort to their “fox and friends” for banter and belonging. It’s sad but these consumers are also sort of obnoxious, they get off on ‘owning’ others IRL and boxing you into a corner where they can label your position etc, and the people who consume MORE of this media have more knowledge of the issues they force you to discuss - this is a big normalfag thing, like people who love football treating you as an alien if you don’t know anything about it - in part it’s often because that’s the field they can move conversation onto and feel ‘ontop’ of the conversation.
The terminus of reading the news/keeping up isn't to actually be informed and to use this information to guide your life. You could easily skip all this unimportant nonsense and live for years without ever encountering a problem that would have been avoided by watching the news. It makes nobody's life easier, and it solves none of your problems. It only makes you equipped to grandstand and posture like yet another talking head, and to butt up against other amateur TV hosts who are hooked on the same substanceless narratives that you are on. The only practical use that people have for the news is to brag about how much they know about the news later. Not to mention how utterly pointless it is to have "debates" between laypeople who have no real power or expertise, but still fight as if the world hangs in the balance.
I agree with you that it's a lot like porn, the way that the "news product" is jammed into us as if it will answer the dissatisfaction and absurdity of modern life. The world doesnPost too long. Click here to view the full text.