YEL 106: Caronavirus Media Watch!

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  • March 3, 2020
Caronavirus Media Watch!

MEDIA WATCH As a former journalist the #coronavirus is the gift that keeps on giving. The story that’s never stagnant that can be developed and extrapolated in so many ways. Newsrooms thrive on change and fear … and humanity is wired to take notice of fear. And gee whiz we are lapping this up. I’m not here to talk about the ins and outs of the virus itself. What’s important here is to assess how much power we give the media to impact our peace of mind. As @malcolmgladwell discusses in his book Talking to Strangers we human beings “default to truth” which translates as believing what we read and watch without giving it much thought. Independent thinking is out the window as we are busier than ever before. But that’s no excuse. Our exceptional lives are dependent on us writing the news of our life, not being told how to live it by others. We consume over 10k news stories per year as @rolf.dobelli outlines in his TED Talk and most of them are negative. Consider what impact that has on your health. Instead, filling your mind with inspiration and powerful stories will give you far more vigour in the day than keeping score on coronavirus infections. Love and hugs, MP

Posted by Marcus Pearce on Monday, 2 March 2020

MEDIA WATCH As a former journalist the #coronavirus is the gift that keeps on giving. The story that’s never stagnant that can be developed and extrapolated in so many ways.

Newsrooms thrive on change and fear … and humanity is wired to take notice of fear. And gee whiz we are lapping this up.

I’m not here to talk about the ins and outs of the virus itself.

What’s important here is to assess how much power we give the media to impact our peace of mind.

As @malcolmgladwell discusses in his book Talking to Strangers we human beings “default to truth” which translates as believing what we read and watch without giving it much thought.

Independent thinking is out the window as we are busier than ever before. But that’s no excuse.

Our exceptional lives are dependent on us writing the news of our life, not being told how to live it by others.

We consume over 10k news stories per year as @rolf.dobelli outlines in his TED Talk and most of them are negative. Consider what impact that has on your health.

Instead, filling your mind with inspiration and powerful stories will give you far more vigour in the day than keeping score on coronavirus infections.

Love and hugs,
MP

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