How News Makes You Stupider

Nick Veasey | Newspaper Man

I used to be a news junkie. I’d take tab after tab every day, but then I’d just need more the next day. One day I just quit, cold-turkey. I’m honestly better informed, or at least marginally less stupid.

I’m not saying that news doesn’t have its place, but if you’re trying to be a better citizen — as in a better person — it’s not very good…



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Indrajit Samarajiva is a writer from Sri Lanka, grumpily in Oxford for a while. Sign up for my newsletter at, and you can reach me at