In 2003 at the start of the war in Iraq, I did a news blackout for about a year. I'd gotten so addicted to reading and watching news, and addicted to the need to see what was happening, and I got so disheartened and frustrated that I needed detox.
Well, it happened again. Over the course of the last few years since Obama was elected, I've felt compelled to keep track of what's happening in the country and the world. I see that same addiction and need coming back, so it's time again for a national and international news blackout. Goodbye NPR, Al Jazeera English, NYT, Rachel Maddow, and even John Stewart. I don't know how long this will last (forever, maybe?) but I figure if anything really momentous happens, I'll hear about it anyway.
Constantly hearing about horrible things happening far away that I have no way to affect is disheartening, difficult and frustrating, and takes away energy for positive action. Time to focus on the local, and what I can affect.