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Has Paleo affected how you take your news?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

This is an offshoot from another question (here) but it seemed good enough to warrant its own thread.

Has going Paleo affected how you view the news/media information? If CW was so dead wrong about nutrition, are they right about anything?

I've definitely been affected. Magazines with their shiny advertisements and towing of the CW line are becoming less and less palatable to me. We don't have a TV, so there is some obvious bias there, but the last time I saw one in an airport (covering Whitney Houston's death), I was appalled at how aggressively they try to set the agenda for interesting topics in our culture. And I'm giving double-thanks for not having a TV during this election cycle.

You? And if so, what sources do you use/trust?

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on February 27, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I usually don't bother with organic

5fb654380d04ac372b750ca3faad2e99

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on February 27, 2012
at 04:10 AM

That's a good point

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on February 27, 2012
at 01:50 AM

Sorry I meant "news" not "new"

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on February 27, 2012
at 01:19 AM

lol, that is BLEAK.

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on February 27, 2012
at 01:03 AM

One study a couple elections back found Jon Stewart watchers were more up-to-date and had a better knowledge of current events than people who watched news on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, or Fox ...

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on February 26, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Sure. But even these days, I could look at a murder through an evolutionary lens. Bad diet has been linked to violence and mental illness, and there's no doubt these happen in lower socioeconomic categories more often. Add to that the fact that a murder within a hunter-gatherer group would have been shocking and extreme, whereas these days, we are so divorced from our family units and support structures that murder becomes less taboo somehow. I feel like you can follow any topic in the news and gain a better sense of it than what we're being given.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on February 26, 2012
at 11:42 PM

I like my rock too. Do you ever worry about being in a self-selected echo chamber?

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on February 26, 2012
at 11:40 PM

Thank you, I've been looking for some good reading along these lines. I will check him out.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on February 26, 2012
at 11:39 PM

I should add...but yes, perfectly smart to be skeptical (if not downright pissed off) at medical community.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on February 26, 2012
at 11:38 PM

Yes and no. I did a research paper on the disconnect between the media and medical research in college, and it's tough to find folks who can accurately convey the info in a medical study. Any medical study worth anything knows its findings aren't an answer, only another piece in a puzzle. But the way the media portrays this information makes it sound like gospel. Awful.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on February 26, 2012
at 11:36 PM

So you're not eating grass-fed beef? ;)

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on February 26, 2012
at 05:48 PM

I was a skeptic before I found paleo... now I'm cynical/skeptical of almost everything I hear. My non-skeptic/SAD friends probably think I'm a big ol Debbie Downer.

As far as the news goes, I trust Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart more than any other TV news (sadly). Online, I prefer BBC News.

D0952bfcc8728e24d32049dc9513b7a0

on February 27, 2012
at 01:19 AM

lol, that is BLEAK.

Medium avatar

(2923)

on February 27, 2012
at 01:03 AM

One study a couple elections back found Jon Stewart watchers were more up-to-date and had a better knowledge of current events than people who watched news on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, or Fox ...

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on February 26, 2012
at 09:38 PM

For me, I think the change occurred before "going paleo." I stopped paying attention to large media outlets, television news media in particular because I lost trust and faith in them. The change in my news ingestion probably had some relation to the change in my food ingestion, but I think that is more about an internal change in myself. I watch the financial network a little on most days, but that's it and only for real time information and I know that a lot of what they say there is garbage.

I feel like it's an exciting time right now. Years and years ago, anyone with access to a printing press could print small newspapers and leaflets to hand out. Then large newspapers took over. It seems that we are returning to a time when more and more real journalists can get news to people, thanks to the internet age. So look around and you will find news sources that you may be able to trust a little more and may find more interesting.

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on February 26, 2012
at 06:48 PM

O. M. G. I pay attention to John Stossel now.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on February 26, 2012
at 11:36 PM

So you're not eating grass-fed beef? ;)

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on February 27, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I usually don't bother with organic

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on February 26, 2012
at 05:26 PM

That's a great question. I never was a big fan of television, but I do read the newspaper now and then. I mostly read articles about medical issues. Unfortunately, these articles tend to make me angry (go gluten-free you idiots!).

On PaleoHacks, scientific studies and anecdotes are summarized and explained in a comprehensive way. It's a paleo filter for the internet.
In the media, the scientific studies are read, then they create an article twice as long with 10x more crap. I don't wanna waste my time with that.

The only magazine I read now and then is Nature, because the articles are really interesting. There was an article about lustig and how sugar is toxic recently.

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on February 26, 2012
at 05:17 PM

I avoid the TV news each day. However I will hit the news websites from time to time.

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on February 26, 2012
at 08:45 PM

I've recently been reading some essays by John Zerzan, an anarchist-primitivist thinker. His critiques of society put an interesting light on modern politics, and everything that the machine is trying to dictate to us. I was thinking along these lines pre-paleo, but I see paleo as one concrete way that I embody my views -- if I'm cynical of the agricultural complex, then I am at least doing my part to not support it.

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on February 26, 2012
at 11:40 PM

Thank you, I've been looking for some good reading along these lines. I will check him out.

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on February 26, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Flipboard and about a dozen tech-related RSS feeds about technology, IT Security make up the bulk of my "news". I also have a Reuters and NPR feed for normal "news", a whole list of RSS feeds on Libertarianism, and the normal health news stuff via Google News.

I don't have cable, and I think it's awfully backwards to actually read a paper.

I like it here under my rock.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on February 26, 2012
at 11:42 PM

I like my rock too. Do you ever worry about being in a self-selected echo chamber?

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on February 26, 2012
at 09:14 PM

I had already given up on "mainstream" news in the mid 1980s, when I read things about Central America, then I went to see for myself. News is rarely just news without some agenda behind it. A good rule is "always follow the money."

I know quite a few people get their first awakening from the difference between real healthy eating and the nonsense "they" expect you to believe. These people can still be very conservative and believing about every other thing, so it's fun to watch them and poke at them a bit until they open their eyes to other things the same way.

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on February 26, 2012
at 08:03 PM

Being paleo definitely changed the way I view the news whenever they have a report on latest drugs, diets, and health research. The main stream media seem to focus on the wrong concepts most of the time. I tend to see most of the main stream news on health and science with a skeptical view now. (Cut and pasted my previous answer from your other question)

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on February 27, 2012
at 08:34 AM

Before going Paleo, I had already became skeptical of conventional wisdom when it comes to economics, politics, and the news media. My preferred source of news and commentary is LewRockwell.com. That is actually where I first read about the Paleo diet almost 2 years ago. They even have a Paleo article up today: http://lewrockwell.com/orig13/yackery1.1.1.html.

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on February 27, 2012
at 03:33 AM

Not just "the news" that has been affected, I watch nearly no TV news excepting for live events where there is little or no commentary or editing but simply pure coverage. I've also had a precipitous drop in trust of institutional "authorities". Credentials and credentialing to me have become but a paper noting you put in time, rarely a note of quality assurance.

I've gone to getting my news even more through trusted aggregators, they are my filter of first resort. I already did this with politics and technology before my adoption of a paleo/primal lifestyle, but now I've expanded it to fitness, health, medical, food, and agriculture.

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on February 27, 2012
at 03:14 AM

I don't watch news or read the news paper. If I wanna know what the weather is going to be I go outside.

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on February 26, 2012
at 09:23 PM

Only news about diet, health, fitness. News is news. Going paleo isn't gonna make me view news about some murder differently. To do otherwise feels kinda close to acting on a fallacy.

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on February 26, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Sure. But even these days, I could look at a murder through an evolutionary lens. Bad diet has been linked to violence and mental illness, and there's no doubt these happen in lower socioeconomic categories more often. Add to that the fact that a murder within a hunter-gatherer group would have been shocking and extreme, whereas these days, we are so divorced from our family units and support structures that murder becomes less taboo somehow. I feel like you can follow any topic in the news and gain a better sense of it than what we're being given.

5fb654380d04ac372b750ca3faad2e99

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on February 27, 2012
at 04:10 AM

That's a good point

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on February 26, 2012
at 08:36 PM

For me it is not limited to the news/media but to the medical community as well. Frankly, they are more appalling than the media whose job is to conjure a story.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on February 26, 2012
at 11:39 PM

I should add...but yes, perfectly smart to be skeptical (if not downright pissed off) at medical community.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on February 26, 2012
at 11:38 PM

Yes and no. I did a research paper on the disconnect between the media and medical research in college, and it's tough to find folks who can accurately convey the info in a medical study. Any medical study worth anything knows its findings aren't an answer, only another piece in a puzzle. But the way the media portrays this information makes it sound like gospel. Awful.

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on February 26, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I listen now and then. I find it better to find out the new online.

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on February 27, 2012
at 01:50 AM

Sorry I meant "news" not "new"

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on February 26, 2012
at 07:58 PM

I listen to the news but check more things out now. We have been fed a lot of misinformation up until now and there is no reason to think that won't continue.

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