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Does a Steady Diet of FOX News Contribute to Early Onset Dementia?

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The faux-news channel seems to leave vulnerable adults in its wake

I have no double-blind, randomized studies to cite for this or any clinical research at all. Just observation that this particular entertainment outlet—with its flights of rhetorical fancy and its continual twisting of cherry-picked facts with dark conjecture, its on-air personalities who are caricatures of thoughtful people,  who continually feed a state of hysteria—seems to leave vulnerable adults in its wake. While the name implies news, it’s really an entertainment channel for a particular narrow conservative world view that takes an all or nothing reductionist approach to every story. Everything is black and white. There is no gray area where thoughtful people might discuss merits. It is the perfect mental food to feed and frame the coming apocalypse (whether zombie or rapture).

We’ve known for years that we need to monitor how much TV our kids watch—for a number of reasons. They need to go outside and get fresh air and play. They need to read. Snacks and TV and obesity seem to fit so neatly together. We’ve also speculated (I cannot point to definitive research), that violent video games contribute to violent behavior. Is it so far-fetched to think that isolated adults who entertain themselves with a faux-news entertainment (which seems dedicated to breaking down reasoning ability, maintaining their demographic in near-panic and cultivating their buying choices)—may push some over the edge?

My argument is less about a conservative viewpoint (some elements I agree with) and more about how the faux-news entertainment channel debilitates its audience with hysteria and rumor-mongering, so much so that they cannot hear and do not pursue alternate opinions which could help balance their media diet. It leaves vulnerable adults by chipping away at the power to reason effectively. We’ve known for years that watching TV makes us stupider—actually putting us into a wakeful sleep pattern of brainwaves. Something like hypnosis. Is it possible that FOX News is stupid on steroids, pushing viewers toward a persistent vegetative state even faster?

The solution is not laws that ban free speech. The solution is family interventions that help curb the infusion of faux-news. Friends don’t let friends camp in front of Fox (faux) News.


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Written by kirkistan

November 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm

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  1. Fox News is AWFUL. I can feel my IQ dropping if I’m in a room with it for too long. But I don’t think CNN or MSNBC are any better.

    I can’t stand any of the US news stations, so I just stopped watching the news. Twitter tells me if something is going on that I should know about, which I’ll then Google. I think The Telegraph (UK) has the best, non-partisan coverage of US news in the world. There is something seriously wrong with our media when the UK is far superior in covering our nation’s issues than we are.


    November 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    • Thanks for the comment. There’s a lot to be said for picking your sources as you go.


      November 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

  2. Also changed my homepage from Yahoo to BBC, far less Kardashian in my life now.

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