Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Does Entertainment Distract Us from the Important Issues?
Since I've been reading the Postman text I've thought a lot about contemporary news. For a college student, I watch a fair amount of news and for the most part I agree with the discussions we have had in class. Majority of the news programming on contemporary television just skims the surface of it's content - the news coverage of the opposing opinions towards gun violence is a great example of insufficient information. However, I think that there are some news programs that dive into subject matters through debates and discussions. The CNN morning program "Starting Point" is more debate centered than news coverage centered and the individuals on the NBC Sunday morning program "Meet the Press" debate significant political issues. The point I'm trying to make is that there is some quality news coverage on television (news coverage that doesn't just gloss over the issues), but I wonder if anyone actually watches these programs anymore. In other words, I think some quality public discourse exists on television, but the majority of the nation does not watch these programs because more entertaining and less intellectually demanding options are available. Thus maybe instead of questioning the quality of news, we should think about the large amount of leisure/entertainment options that are available to us and consider how much the plethora of entertainment distracts us from caring about more important issues.