I’m giving up podcasts to save my brain and soul from overload

I’m giving up podcasts to save my brain and soul from overload

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In an era when there’s so much information — so much content — that we can never, ever be bored, I’ve come to a breaking point: I’m giving up podcasts.

My brain is melted from an onslaught of news and takes. I’ve come to realize that I’m overwhelmed and the only way to catch my breath is to cut something out. So I’ve cracked open my podcast app for the last time for the foreseeable future.

That’s not to say I’m giving up on listening to things on my commutes or my many, many walks with an overactive dog. There’s more music available at my fingertips than I could ever hope to listen to, and I’m also taking up audiobooks as a way to help pass these cold, windy strolls through the Ohio winter.  Read more…

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Google and Facebook should be regulated to help people spot ‘quality news’, UK report says

Google and Facebook should be regulated to help people spot ‘quality news’, UK report says

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When tech giants such as Facebook, Apple, and Google display news, they should do so under  regulatory scrutiny, an official UK report recommends. 

The Cairncross review — a report on the future of the UK news industry providing regulators with recommendations for the future of the news industry — said online platforms should be obligated to help their users better understand the origin of a news article and help them detect whether or not a news story is trustworthy.  

“Government should place an obligation on the larger online platforms to improve how their users understand the origin of an article of news and the trustworthiness of its source, thereby helping readers identify what “good” or “quality” news looks like,” the report says.  Read more…

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