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You don't have to stop watching/reading news. You just have to be able to compensate for the viewpoint of the source. Very few of them will actually lie or make stuff up from whole cloth, so it's just a matter of making an adjustment and maybe some semantic analysis.
We won't sit down.
We won't shut up.
We won't go quietly away.
Looking at the UK newspaper scene, we have the following options from left to right:
Morning Star - Communist (readership circa 12 so barely relevant)
Guardian - Prosecco socialist
Daily Mirror - Traditional Labour
Independent/i - Centrist
Times and Sunday Times - Moderate Conservative
Mail on Sunday - Moderate Conservative
Daily Star - Largely apolitical due to space required for bingo and tits but right leaning.
Daily Express and Sunday Express - right wing Conservative.
The Sun - Finds plenty of space among the bingo and tits for anti-EU and anti-Labour ranting.
Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph - right wing Conservative/Kipper.
Daily Mail - still pining for Mr. Hitler (the only decent foreigner that ever lived, apparently).
That's a pretty heavy right-of-centre emphasis (especially when we bear in mind that The Sun has the highest circulation).
Personally, I only ever tend to buy The i (best crossword by a country mile) or the Times but do look at most of them from time to time.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain
Local newspaper. This appears to be the only good reliable source of information in France.
National newspaper tend to be biased depending on who owns the newspaper, and we better not speak about tv or internet, the source of fake news.
While you were away the interwebz achieved a level of unprecedented enlightenment and cultural acceptance. Frank and open minded discussions dominated the forums with an earnest desire on both sides to listen to what the other was saying and to understand things from their point of view.
Programming questions dwindled down to a few well thought out and well written nuggets because reading the docs and searching through the vast quantities of published help became the in thing. Answers, by and large, are now succinct, accurate and lacking in both snark and condescension. Obviously the entire rating system is now abandoned because there's really no point if everything is a flat "5/5".
Oh, and JSOP's posted a long, heartfelt piece on why peace through arms is an entirely backwards way to look at things and had a metal worker friend turn his pieces into delicate hanging mobiles that, in his words, represent "the inhumanity of man's search for themselves through steel". It's quite an emotionally charged sculpture. Oh, and he brought a Prius.
OK, so maybe some of that is a bit exagerated but you get the gist.
Wish I was taking what you're taking. In my absence, I've had to take restraining orders against people threatening to kill my kids, I've lost Facebook profiles to mass reporting and lost track of all my old school friends, and I've disconnected our home phone to stop the threats. Reason - I got involved in supporting refugees. I recently read a story on internet bullying and most of the things the book talked about in a round about way, I immediately recognised who it was talking about.
CodeProject told me - you've been hoisted by your own petard.
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013