About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! The most recent is his blockbuster The Accidental Activist, which Amazon claims is by his wife Anne Green. So it goes. Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from so many nonprofits that we can’t list them all here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA (to impress Carl Sagan). His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED}. He lives in Tucson with Anne, along with no dogs, no cats, no guinea pigs, and only the occasional snake or scorpion.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Adventures in Mind Management: Media Consumption

Sometime last year, I was discussing podcasts with a friend. I sent her a screenshot of my subscriptions, and she commented that everything was so heavy. 

At the time, I thought I had to listen to all the serious podcasts. But although it took me time, I finally realized that these were not making me happier (just the opposite) or better able to make the world a better place.

Since then, I've started skipping a lot of podcasts that would, to a first approximation, just make me angry. I've added in:

I still listen to things like Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It, but have completely cut Bill Maher and most Sam Harris (the meditation ones are good).

I've done a similar analysis of TV / movie, although we are really liking Madam Secretary (so not all fun and games).

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