Avoiding News

I tell people that if it's in the news, don't worry about it. The very definition of "news" is "something that hardly ever happens." It's when something isn't in the news, when it's so common that it's no longer news -- car crashes, domestic violence -- that you should start worrying.

This quote from Bruce Schneier prompted me to start seriously considering my media consumption as it relates to news, world and local. Suffering from news fatigue (though I'm still interested in almost news), I would like to turn off the radio, so to speak. I don't want to stop being entertained and informed. I just want an end to the treadmill of "breaking news" (which used to mean "something new and important is happening" and not "we have new information about an old story" or "an old story that we're working on is still happening".

Here's what I'd had to avoid in order to avoid the news:

Similar ideas:

Some good tweets about breaking news:

Counterpoints (arguments specifically addressing avoiding paying attention to the news):