In another strange time in American history, the counterculture guru Timothy Leary urged people to "turn on, tune in, drop out."
Five decades later, it's time for quite a different formula. In the era of fake news causing real trouble, and of the news media under fire for sins both justified and exaggerated, the better advice is this: Tune in and stay that way.
Since the election of Donald Trump one month ago, and the rush of news that has followed, I've heard many people say they need to take a break from what's happening day-to-day.
Call it news fatigue. They don't want to hear the latest upsetting developments: For example, the president-elect has nominated for national security adviser a general who pushes conspiracy theories, and a climate change denier to head the EPA. And, separate from the news itself, many people don't trust the media to be an impartial messenger.