Thanks to the news, I am always aware of whatever is happening in the world. The United States is struggling to convince the anti-vaxers to take their Covid-19 shots. The Taliban has grabbed power in Afghanistan. The Indian government has unveiled a new education policy.
Now once I have read an article or an editorial on any of those topics, I have an opinion on them. This opinion is automatic – I now care about those issues.
However, there is an asymmetric power relationship between those issues and me. By gobbling up a significant part of my attention and making me feel a certain way, those issues have some power over me. On the other hand, I have no influence or power over any of their outcomes.
As Naval Ravikant says, the news media’s business model is based on making every problem in the world your problem.