Fox News: You’re Better off Without It

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated

than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

– Thomas Jefferson

In a previous post I wrote about how the extreme consolidation of the media industry makes society dumber. Now, it turns out, more and more evidence is piling up that mainstream “news”, if it can even be called that anymore, stupefies America at an individual level as well – leaving viewers uninformed and wholly insulated from the vast sea of knowledge that exists out there. Its a real shame:

After a study published last year labeled viewers of Fox News as grossly misinformed, the researchers who conducted the poll have expanded their work and now confirm, again, that the network’s audience might want to consider changing the channel.

Researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University conducted a study last year that yielded some inarguably unsurprising information about Fox News’ viewership. At the time, researchers concluded that, based off of a study that sampled residents of New Jersey, people that only watch Fox News are less informed on current events than people that don’t watch cable news at all. Now only months later, the school’s researchers have published their finding of a similar study that calls on a sample of participants from coast-to-coast and, according to the results, confirm that their earlier report wasn’t a fluke.

According to the latest study, Americans who watch only Fox News to learn about current events are indeed less informed than most everyone else.

Continue reading at rt.com

The internet is probably one of the greatest opposing forces to the consolidation and degradation of the flow of information and therefore must be protected from the constant legislative attacks which have been launched against it, usually with big business lobbyists behind the initiatives.

Also, for anyone looking to inform and enrich themselves good old fashioned books remain a superb alternative to the mindless TV drones. I’m especially a sucker for older publications from 50 plus years ago like Josef Pieper’s Leisure, The Basis of Culture and Ludwig von Mises’ Liberalism, to name a couple.

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5 thoughts on “Fox News: You’re Better off Without It

  1. I’d say that Fox is probably a little better than other news channels. However, my point here isn’t to bash Fox but simply to state that people are better off reading books and the internet to stay informed rather than watching any news channel on TV whether it be Fox or any other.

    • Hm. #3 was infuriating. If government officials weren’t so quick to abuse eminent domain then there never would have been a problem but, yeah, lets make the corporation pay through the nose and explicitly punish them for giving in to the demands of the State. Classic scapegoating.

      As someone who works in healthcare I did enjoy #2 (Vioxx painkiller) and #1 was definitely interesting. During the Fukushima crisis I disinterestedly told my friends that it wasn’t a big deal. I almost recanted that sentiment just because all the media hysterics were reaching such an extreme that I actually started to believe it. Over a year later, however, and it turns out that I was right. Nuclear energy’s greatest liability remains people’s irrational fear of radiation poisoning (kind of like how it was reactionary fears that led to Vioxx being pulled and Merck being sued despite Vioxx being about as safe as any over-the-counter drug).

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