Reading is a dying culture.
Everyone has heard the news mantra, "if it bleeds, it leads." Is this the guiding principle that you want controlling the information you receive about what is happening around you?
The revenue of TV, radio and even YouTube is based solely on holding your attention. The things that most capture human attention are confrontational, shocking, dangerous, tragic and terrifying. Just think about the last mass email about the board of directors of your local masjid.
Try choosing a written format to get your news, information, and even entertainment. You can pick either paper or electronic, just make sure its written and not audio nor video.
You see, reading requires more concentration, which yields better retention and sharpens the ability to weigh the evidence and sift fact from fiction. It will give you greater control, provide better depth, and better represent the real issues that affect us.
The result is a more emotionally and intellectually mature understanding of the material you are reading. So choose a newspaper, a journal, a website, or perhaps even a book and read when you would ordinarily watch or listen to a media player.
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