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Sawubona everybody! 🙌 This week we continue the theme of being deliberate with your attention. It's

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September 8 · Issue #63 · View online
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Sawubona everybody! 🙌

This week we continue the theme of being deliberate with your attention. It’s one of the most underrated activities.

Quote I’ve been pondering- The news is most usefully defined as the daily decisions about what is newsworthy.- Peter Block in Community. NOTES link 🙇‍♀️

Once you pick your news source, mind the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect- You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them. In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.-Michael Crichton 📰

Also related- Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.-Jim Morrison 📺 Most news is junk and doesn’t affect your life. Ignore it. If something is important, I hear about it because someone in my life tells me. Try it! FOMO wears off quickly. By deliberately filtering my media consumption, I only get the things my people find shareworthy. If you’re into analytics, you already know that significantly more people press the like button than the share button.

We must also mind the stories we tell ourselves. They create our personal news feed of the stories already in our heads. Notice using judgments versus when you use data. Judgment would be “you yelled,” and data would be “you raised your voice”. Data is non-negotiable, factual. Often we tell ourselves stories without realizing it. We treat the stories as if they are nonfiction when they are conjecture. The great thing about these stories is that they are always in draft mode, and we are the editors!

All writing is creative nonfiction anyways. 😜

Be well,

PS- if you found this shareworthy, send it! ❤️

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