like the coffee, the news has an immediate as well as a long term effect (on our collective psyche). your thoughts might center on it furiously for a while, and the effects wear off as the day, week, month goes on- but like the caffeine, it's still in your system. and like the coffee, it morphs into your daily routine- soon, it's unacceptable not to ingest it: how would one function?
it's not that bad. there are worse things. it's not like my tv is always on. it's not like i believe *everything* i read (just most). i know fact from fiction....right? i'm not *as* impressionable as the average american....right?
what i'm trying to get at here is mental health/balance. i feel that most of the things we worry about about on a daily basis- the economy, chemicals in our food, natural disasters, you name it- are absolutely not the point of our existence. i'm not advocating hermetic existence and a swearing off of coffee, but i am asking: why do i "need to know" again? because quite frankly, i don't think i need to know most of the things i read/hear on a daily basis. perhaps they should change the saying to "what we think the people should know, from our own often convoluted opinions."
and Allah knows better.