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  •  I stopped watching US TV news after (3+ / 0-)

    spending a year in Australia in the 1980s. It sickened me to listen to the glorification of violence. I stopped subscribing to a newspaper several years ago (although we restarted it when my mother moved in with us last year).

    There are bad things that happen, but if we spend to much attention on them we will miss the beauty elsewhere. Society is changing, mostly for the better. Steven Pinker documented the decline of violence over the last five hundred years in The Better Angels of Our Nature, a book I heartily recommend.

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