News as an antidepressant

The last century brought us Muzak. Now there’s “Nuzak,” the continuous flow of headlines and news blips that serve

to be mildly interesting and possibly entertaining without telling [the average] Joe anything that would disturb him personally. Real news has immediacy. It is “actionable intelligence,” the last thing Joe is interested in. The average person basically wants to be left alone and to be told, town-crier fashion, that “All is well.” Elevator news.

Subintsoc notes that “‘Nuzak’ is also a brand name for fluoxetine hydrochloride… better known as Prozac.”


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