It is not hard to see why there are droves of people that are turning their backs on the news. For one thing, how can we trust news establishments after the recent events of hacking and phone tapping? Secondly, news today is depressing. As soon as we open the paper or turn on the TV there is a story about death and the overall decline of the world. Consuming the news can be a depressing experience.
Still, we need to stay strong and keep the faith, even with everything that has happened and that continues to happen. If you are not sure why you should never turn your back on the news, do you want to find out why? Let’s take a look.
To begin with, the news is informative. Of course, the news we consume must be of a certain genre to have any impact on our lives. For example, learning about the birth of the UK’s royal children is nice, but it doesn’t have any bearing on the world. When we listen to news that is of the public interest, we instantly broaden our horizons as we know more than we did seconds ago. With regards to news, it is important to remember that knowledge is power.
As a direct result of information, we become more educated. Information is one thing, but education is another. Where news is so important is in the fact that it combines the two elements together. You will hardly ever, or should never come across news broadcasts that don’t explain what is happening and the consequences. As a result, you become more understanding of the situation and how the problem, if there is one, can be fixed.
Also, the news makes us more aware of what is going on in the world. Sometimes, we live in our bubble and don’t care about other people. That is not to say that we are ignorant or uncaring, but that we are comfortable and a little lazy. Thanks to news now, we can change all that and become more aware of the world as a whole. News stories divert our attention to the issues and how they are affecting everyone around them. From there, we can use this awareness to help those less fortunate than ourselves and make a difference in the world. Without that sense of awareness, that would never happen.
To follow on from that, it also makes us more aware of the dangers of the world. The world is a small place in many respects, and technology is making it smaller. The last thing we want when we travel is to go to a place that is stricken by disease, or visit a country that is war torn and dangerous.
Finally, the news is entertaining. The next time you sit down and turn on the news, notice how easy it is to get lost in the day’s events. That is because we have opinions, and we want to voice them, even if no one is listening!