Farhad Manjoo writing for Slate about the useless practice of following breaking news, has this point about what happens if you just catch up with one in-depth article the following day:
And that’s it: You’ve now caught up with all your friends who spent the past day and a half going out of their minds following cable and Twitter. In fact, you’re now better informed than they are, because during your self-imposed exile from the news, you didn’t stumble into the many cul-de-sacs and dark alleys of misinformation that consumed their lives. You’re less frazzled, better rested, and your rain gutters are clear.
There’s a growing sentiment that I am starting to see among news junkies that perhaps it is time to pull back. To not following the news so closely. Instead, follow well-sourced, well-reported news — investigative journalism.
I’m horrible at not following breaking news, but I managed to be too busy with my own life to follow the events in Boston and Texas — instead I just caught up today with all of the stories. I don’t feel like I missed anything, I knew what was happening in a general sense while it was happening, and now I know what really did happen (including the screw ups) — and no one around me even had time to laugh at me for not being “informed”.
I highly recommend it.