Monday Media

Books and Shadows by Tommia Wright

Books and Shadows by Tommia Wright

What is news? According to Merriam Webster, it is:

1  a : a report of recent events
b : previously unknown information <I’ve got news for you>
c : something having a specified influence or effect <the rain was good news for lawns and gardens — Garrison Keillor> <the virus was bad news>
2 a : material reported in a newspaper or news periodical or on a newscast
b : matter that is newsworthy
3 : newscast

I don’t know about you, but what is newsworthy about a singer behaving badly taking the front page of a national newspaper, yet having to scroll a ways down to learn that Oliver Sacks had passed away. Some news sites have to disable their comments section due to many inappropriate remarks or solicitous links, while others ‘seem to censor’ select comments, so say some readers.

When did Facebook and Twitter become news sources? Why the need for ‘continuous/oversharing of things’ once reserved for small-party conversations? True, it is almost impossible to hear a news item without some hint of bias, but is it too much to ask that we try? It isn’t even September and already the saturation of political coverage is insane.

I digress.

Do you think news coverage will improve or worsen or just remain the same told in a new way?

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2 Responses to Monday Media

  1. Mari Collier says:

    Newspapers try to attract readers. Newscasts try to attract listeners and all hope that people buy whatever is advertised in the pages and on the air so that companies continue to pay for their existence. An uneducated populace know the singer, but have no idea of the impact that Sacks made. Which person would pay more attention to the ad?

  2. I think we are several metamorphoses from the birth of news. I think the news will continue to reinvent itself for the rest of the existence of mankind. Better or worse is just an opinion. (Personally, if I ever decide I want to watch a soap opera, I’ll turn on the news.)

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