Five Days watching CNN Almost Broke Me

From my self-imposed media black-out-cave, I am ready to share what happened to me

Brian Kean
Nov 21 · 6 min read
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It was precisely this that almost broke me and made me say “f” all of this lunacy, time to move to Greenland — or perhaps, Iceland or Estonia. Without stating the obvious about the political mess being caused thanks to the current president and enabling Republicans, without assessing how some parts of America became a dystopia already — definitely historians will look back and try to assess just how much The Walking Dead affected the United in the 2000’s — I want to share my experiences of how I lost myself in the cable-news rabbit hole. Barely finding my way out, it left me raw, jumpy, agitated and in need of a cleanse.

Then It Happened

When the unthinkable, and readily-expected reactions from Trump began, the “cable news” effect kicked in. The doom appeared. Speculation that armed protesters could hit the streets seeking to put a violent end to what used to be a truly American demonstration of democracy filled the air.

This is How Too Many in America Feel

I am an educated consumer of world events. Unless it’s an overnight coup or some other tragedy, I seldom refer to commercial news sources to reach a satiated state of “informedness.” Holding a Masters’s in International Affairs from Columbia University, I was in a sense trained how to follow patterns that help me not just understand current events in the world but at times even predict them.

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