I'd found that too much of what I was seeing was simply irrelevant and it either frustrated me or pissed me off.
Since that point, research into the influence of PR/publicity companies on local news showed that our primary newspaper in South Australia was comprised of 30% content pushed by PR/publicity. The online versions of the main paper here have devolved into eye-ball seeking trash - bikini galleries, celebrity gossip, etc.
Through this experience I've learnt how little I really miss. 99% of what's going on just doesn't need to be known.
I check Al Jazeera English once or twice a week and CNN a little less often. Other than that, I feel like I've saved some time and cleared my head a little (especially of some of the negativity that comes from news).
I do listen to a local radio talk show once in awhile to get an overview of what's happening in my state and sometimes the country. I've been meaning to watch Al Jazeera English more. I've enjoyed it whenever I've watched it.
Occasionally there's a story there that I find interesting but often it's enough to skim the front page.
If you choose not to be informed, it's really irresponsible to inflict your opinion on others via the voting booth.
If there's a law against a blank ballot AND write-ins are disallowed, you live in a sham democracy where an elite wants to legally compel you to signify your assent to its illegitimate rule, and it is your democratic duty to boycott any such elections in order to highlight their illegitimacy.
Technically, you're only required to attend a polling station and get your name crossed off.
My mother once wrote "I think compulsory democracy is a contradiction in terms". They fined her.
"I check Al Jazeera English once or twice a week and CNN a little less often."
I think that's more than enough to stay up on current issues.
Pretty sure I don't need to see the latest set of bikini shots News Ltd has stolen from Google Images because some celebrity tweeted about something mundane to stay abreast of the real things that matter.
Think of what I tried to explain as removing some junk food from the diet - or driving through backstreets to avoid the roads they're on!
I'd guess that my media-light diet might have me more informed than many out there who'll read whatever catches their instinct-driven fancy, do you agree?