Smoking v News: a comparison

Smoking, 2002 Reading political news, 2012
Habit adopted as an undergraduate Habit adopted as an undergraduate
Supports fantasy of self as edgy, independent thinker Supports fantasy of self as edgy, independent thinker
Marketed as part of a mature, sophisticated lifestyle Marketed as part of a mature, sophisticated lifestyle
Tenuous political rationalisation: something something libertarian don’t tell me what to do Tenuous political rationalisation: something something civil society politically engaged debate
Political reality: paying corporations to poison me Political reality: paying corporations to anger me
Intended outcome: retention of cool, with-it stance, with concomitant illusion of youthfulness; maintenance of feelings of control over one’s mortality Intended outcome: retention of cool, with-it stance, with concomitant illusion of not-quite-middle-agedness; maintenance of feelings of control over one’s society
Actual outcomes, short-term: tired all the time, constant respiratory health issues, bad breath, interrupted workflow, looking ten years older than one’s actual age, crankiness Actual outcomes, short-term: tired all the time, constant mood disorder issues, bad conversation, interrupted workflow, acting ten years older than one’s actual age, crankiness
Actual outcomes, long-term: cardiovascular disease, cancer, death Actual outcomes, long-term: cardiovascular disease, and given the current state of the Australian media I wouldn’t be willing to rule out permanent IQ loss or brain damage

I haven’t smoked since 2004, which makes me hopeful that I can stick to my resolution to kick my addiction to political news.

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