This is what Thoreau wrote in 1854:
I don’t learn anything in the news. It’s the same content regurgitated with changed names and places. That’s boring. That’s a waste of my productivity.
Instead, I visit Twitter and Reddit and peruse the trending topics. If something interests me, I click to read more information. I observe if the people I’m following are sharing the same content. This is known as social proof. Usually, though, they’re not saying anything memorable so I keep scrolling.
I’ve observed over the years that “breaking news” tends to be sensationalist and non-informative. Headlines and “top stories” are bylined by lots of people and the copy tends to get muddled.
Because I’m in control of my news consumption, I veer toward op-eds and perspectives on science, technology, and the arts. The goal is for me to be fascinated so much that I can’t stop reading and I’m educated.