You and I aren’t required to have opinions about anything outside of our own lives. We’re not even required to know about the idiotic controversies which take up so much time and energy in modern media. We can ignore them if we choose. We don’t need to be able to converse about what Celebrity X said or what “social media” is saying about Politician Y. The more we fill our minds with this extraneous garbage, the less attention and energy we have for the things which do matter to us. It’s hard to be active on social media or to consume much other media and still maintain this stance, but what that suggests is that maybe media consumption is making it more difficult for us to live meaningful lives — and maybe it’s time for us to make more changes in our habits. Taking back control over our lives demands that we know what’s important to us — and it demands that we say no to agendas driven by gossip and advertising.
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