Knowledge is literally power. Popular news outlets, also known as “mass media” outlets, excite the “masses” and give us new topics and perspectives daily. They beckon their followers to engage in group think and fight each other on social media. This is essentially “mass mind control”. It’s almost unavoidable if social media and news stories shared on social media is our main source of information.
To break away from the pack, read books (and/or listen to audiobooks) a few at a time on a given topic to expand your knowledge base so that you can be a thought leader instead of just another loud-mouthed follower.