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Is ignorance bliss when it comes to the news?

I can’t decide.

Well, I say that I can’t decide but that isn’t strictly true. I do keep up to date on what is going on in the world and I do think that it is important to be informed…but, and this is a very big but, there is a lot to be said for being somewhat oblivious.

Why?

Well, simply because the news is mainly so depressing! How much of what we read/watch is vital information? How much has been manipulated by the media to present a distorted version of the truth? How much only serves to incite fear and sadness rather than being of any real value?

I don’t have the answers to those questions but if I was to hazard a guess it would be a huge amount! Am I being cynical? Maybe, but then again perhaps I am just being realistic.

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What is your opinion?

Do you keep up to date with the news or do you avoid it?

Is it more detrimental to our well-being to be informed or to be unaware?

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Another interesting angle is the suggestion of hypocrisy when it comes to the news. I am somewhat guilty of this. I will quite often be selective with what I decide to read based on whether I want to see the details or not. If I see a particularly harrowing headline then I have, on many occasions, chosen not to click on the story because I don’t feel strong enough within myself to withstand it. Is it okay to do this? Or is shielding yourself from certain parts of the news a case of double standards? I often think that I can’t just ignore things that I don’t want to see and yet I have done exactly that many times.

Do you censor the news that you are exposed to? Or do you try to keep in the know about everything that is happening in the world, even if a lot of it is hard to stomach?

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I feel as though writing this post has raised more questions in my mind than answers…I must admit this happens quite a lot when I start writing about something so I’m not surprised. I don’t think there is a straightforward answer to this one though is there. It’s one of those things where there is a strong argument both for and against and I don’t think it is something that will ever be clear cut, not for me anyway. Until I can trust the media 100% to tell the complete truth, I don’t feel in a position to say whether ignorance is bliss when it comes to the news. In addition to this, when I consider the potential mental health implications of exposure to certain subjects, well, that opens up a whole new argument on whether it is good or bad to be fully aware. When does educating ourselves become punishing ourselves and how do we judge what is necessary to know and what it is ok to be unaware of?

Just some of my thoughts for you to ponder there. I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject, so please leave a comment and let me know.

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Until the next time…Jess x

 

 

3 thoughts on “Is ignorance bliss when it comes to the news?

  1. I have to admit I don’t keep up with the news as I used to. Partly because I don’t have as much time but it’s also depressing. I might look at the front page headlines and that’s it. I guess the other problem is there’s too much of it, especially if your go-to outlet is social media.

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    1. I agree, finding the time to keep on top of the news is definitely easier said than done! It can be quite overwhelming and yes as somebody who also uses social media I agree that there is a lot of it!

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