Nov 21, 2015

Media Diet


Between the election circus (mainly GOP) and the terrorist attacks all over the world (298 and counting so far this year), things seem bleak. We cut off our cable in January and watch only what we can on Roku, which is to say, everything except news. It is not that we can't watch news on Roku, but we have to make an effort to watch news, so it I feel a bit like an emotionally fragile ostrich sticking my head in the Roku, but it is the only way to tune out the cacophony of evil and stupid that we are all drowning in. I am drawn to British mystery and cop shows (this week it's New Tricks), fantasy shows (Gotham, Sleepy Hollow),  and gritty shows (Ray Donovan, Hannibal, and Quantico). Anything that takes my mind off of work and the world, is a boon to my ability to sleep, which has been profoundly affected by the chaos around me of late. Luckily, melatonin also has a positive impact on my drowsiness

While the world is still reeling from the attacks in Paris (because there seems to be relatively little coverage of the rest of the attacks in the world), I am in the middle of a media detox diet. Yes, I still have the occasional news relapse, but for the sake of my mental health, I am trying to partake in a balanced and healthy news diet. The verboten, fettuccine Alfredo of this diet is anything right wing and most certainly all things Fox. In my younger days, my system could handle the toxicity, but as I get older, I have learned to accept my limitations. My news staple is NPR during drive time and the rare treat I allow myself is a desert of Trevor Noah's Daily Show.

This is how I survive the media apocalypse.

2 comments:

Mikhale Rogers II said...

Why oh why did they cancel Hannibal? I have a poster from that program in my kitchen: "Eat the Rude." That Alfredo doesn't suit me very well. Glad to see you posting.

finijo said...

I just found your comment. It is good to hear from you. I am very disappointed in the cancellation of Hannibal. I think it is the most beautifully artistic program ever filmed. So many of the shots are so intricate and masterfully composed, that I am awestruck. I am definitely not posting as much as I would like. My painting has also dried up for the time being. At least I am actively avoiding the news and political programming.