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Re: tuning out?
« Reply #45 on: March 17, 2018, 09:18:32 PM »
I set up my desktop to resolve reddit.com to localhost -- blocking my main window to the insanity for a while.

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Re: tuning out?
« Reply #46 on: April 02, 2018, 08:01:36 PM »

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Re: tuning out?
« Reply #47 on: April 02, 2018, 08:14:57 PM »
That video in the link is really troubling:
https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/how-americas-largest-local-tv-owner-turned-its-news-anc-1824233490

The undoing of the Fairness Doctrine and the Telecommunications Act of 1996 have done their damage.

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Re: tuning out?
« Reply #48 on: July 19, 2018, 11:51:38 PM »
Sinclair must have missed greasing a few palms.  Looks like our biz-friendly FCC is going to nix the Tribune deal.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-fcc-sinclair-tribune-wgn-order-20180719-story.html

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Re: tuning out?
« Reply #49 on: February 20, 2019, 09:40:05 PM »
When the Sinclair Media Group acquires local TV news stations, (1) coverage of local politics gets replaced by national politics, (2) the ideological slant shifts sharply to the right and (3) viewership slightly decreases. Sinclair stations will soon be viewable in 72% of US households. (cambridge.org)

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/american-political-science-review/article/local-news-and-national-politics/C8EEA488A777C37C7987964F8F85AEB5

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Re: tuning out?
« Reply #50 on: February 20, 2019, 10:16:13 PM »
We really need to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.

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Re: tuning out?
« Reply #51 on: February 26, 2019, 06:56:12 PM »
This is slightly off-topic, but somewhat related - an account of detoxing his relationship with his phone, rather than toxic media. But interesting

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Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain

Mostly, I became aware of how profoundly uncomfortable I am with stillness. For years, Iíve used my phone every time Iíve had a spare moment in an elevator or a boring meeting. I listen to podcasts and write emails on the subway. I watch YouTube videos while folding laundry. I even use an app to pretend to meditate.

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Catherine had warned me that I might feel existential malaise when I wasnít distracting myself with my phone. She also said paying more attention to my surroundings would make me realize how many other people used their phones to cope with boredom and anxiety.

ďI compare it to seeing a family member naked,Ē she said. ďOnce you look around the elevator and see the zombies checking their phones, you canít unsee it.Ē

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/23/business/cell-phone-addiction.html
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Re: tuning out?
« Reply #52 on: February 26, 2019, 07:51:25 PM »
There is a lot of truth to this. 

When I was commuting to SF daily I would ride BART (the local subway system) daily.  Nearly everyone was on their phones, sometimes I was too.  BART is close to hell though.  After a while I found that it was easier to just close my eyes and let my mind wander in and out of sleep.  One time there was a short pregnant lady standing on a crowded car and no one was giving up her seat.  For the most part I don't think people were being selfish, but instead were so wrapped up with their online distractions that they didn't even process the pregnant and uncomfortable person just inches away from them.  I was sitting at the time and I had to physically touch a guy to pull him out of his phone and ask him to get the attention of the lady (who was about two body widths away from me) and then ask her if she wanted my seat.

Anybody remember the movie They Live from the 1980s?