Staying Informed Without Getting Paralyzed by Bad News

From a story on by Jacqueline LeKachman headlined “How to Stay Informed Without Getting Paralyzed by Bad News”:

ONE DAY RECENTLY, I arrived at the Manhattan office where I work as a tutor. I hoped to tame my inbox before my first session. Instead, I clicked a news alert and succumbed to a media storm of Ukrainian refugees fleeing bombed homes and President Biden’s ominous warnings about Russian chemical warfare. This news cycle—more like cyclone—then submerged me in TikToks of teenagers tearfully mourning their country, families sheltering in subways, and footage of Ukrainians’ secure lives mere weeks earlier. Soon my chest was constricting uncomfortably. A donation to the International Rescue Committee couldn’t entirely comfort me before my client arrived.

In New York City, the March of Sad News Has Felt Dizzying

From a New York Times story by Michael Wilson, Chelsia Rose Marcius and Nate Schwaber headlined “New Yorkers Reel From a Torrent of Sad News and Struggles”:

A fire in the Bronx choked an apartment building with thick black smoke, killing 17 people, many of them children. That was on the ninth day of January, a Sunday — the same day a teenage cashier at a Burger King in Manhattan was shot and killed during a robbery.

The following Saturday, a man killed a woman he’d never seen before by shoving her in front of an oncoming subway train in Times Square, a crime that uniquely horrifies New Yorkers, unpreventable and random as lightning.