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Podcast 071 | Media

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss their evolving approach toward social media and news media, and they delete many of their smartphone apps live on the air. They also answer the following questions:

  • How do minimalists cope with the daily deluge of media?
  • Which social media platform do you find the most effective?
  • Is there an ideal newsfeed for minimalists?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on participating in social media responsibly: “To live intentionally, we must continually ask ourselves, ‘Is this useful?’”
  • Ryan on participating in social media responsibly: “What would life be like if we checked social media only once per day?”
  • Joshua on using social media with more focus and intention: “Minimalists aren’t Luddites.”
  • Ryan on using social media with more focus and intention: “Tools are as useful as the user.”
  • Joshua on using media more mindfully: “Let go of distractions—make room for intention.”
  • Ryan on using media more mindfully: “The more we practice self control, the better we get at it.”
  • Joshua on identifying essential media: “Essential is perspectival.”
  • Ryan on identifying essential media: “Watch yourself, consume less, participate in your local community.”

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