Journalism In The Modern Day
The news; it was once a trusted and concise place for information. Now, just the word ‘news’ brings feelings of anger, frustration, and unease. The part of our civilization dedicated to pointing out and on occasion confronting issues that matter most to the people now divides people.
Watching or reading the news used to be such an easy thing. You read a paper or watch your local news channel throughout the day when it is on. You find out what’s going on locally and nationally, with just the facts, and you are on your way.
In modern times, that is not the case. Today’s news isn’t confined to an hour every day, but 24/7. Its no longer news either. There is “news” and then there is “opinionated news!” What’s the difference? One gives you half the story and the other gives you half the story with their own feelings mixed in. Good luck differentiating the two. It isn’t impossible, but they sure don’t make it easy.
People are inherently biased; people want to hear things that support what they already believe to be true. News networks are no different. There are left-leaning networks and right-leaning networks. In some cases, the lean is more of a yoga bend but you hopefully get the point.
What’s so surprising to me is the fact that networks and news shows are so focused on being the first to get the latest on anything…especially political… that they won’t even do significant checking of their sources to make sure what they are saying is true. I think Denzel Washington encapsulated the media in the modern age perfectly when he said the following during an interview with a reporter asking about ‘Fake News’:
“…If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed…What is the long term affect of too much information? One of the effects is the need to be first, not even to be true anymore…” –Denzel Washington
Here is a question for you, and I really want you to think about this; How do you feel about the fact that we can no longer watch one source for our news? It is now up to us, the viewers/readers, to go out of our way and make sure with other sources that what we originally heard is true. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
There was a time that newscasters delivered the news like it was supposed to be; the cold hard FACTS! No bias to them. They even, sometimes, got both sides of a story before running off with what they thought was a finished product.
The news is dedicated to pointing out major issues locally and around the world. However, as of late, it seems like they haven’t been doing their job too well in their own backyard. Between sexual assault allegations and sexism, hearing them talk about other industries with similar issues is like listening to your AA sponsor talk to you about how you need to fight your addiction while they are taking a puff of a joint at the same time.
I don’t know what the future will hold for the news and journalism. I hope they find their conscience again. Until then, we will have to rely on our own common sense a bit more than some of us are used too.