Don’t listen to Noise

I’ve stopped reading the news recently because I think it is terribly time-consuming given how little knowledge it conveys. The credibility of news depends a lot on social proof, I find – just because everyone around you has the same sources and believes the same things about far away worlds doesn’t mean those beliefs are more dependable.

News informs belief choice, and is most useful when surprising. It can be unsurprising because it is predictable, or because it is noise. In either case, uninteresting because the candidate beliefs are not differentiated by the evidence.

My particular candidate beliefs at this moment mean that news does not interest me.

One Response to “Don’t listen to Noise”

  1. ifan says:

    I guess you can do so because you have more credible source. Someone like me can only try to filter the information and treat the noise as entertaining materials.