I remember a time when I knew what was being reported in the News. I read the daily newspaper as well as a weekly paper. I listened to the news every morning on the radio channel while getting ready for the day. I was able to participate in political discussions and in the issues of the day. South Africa at this time was going through a politcal change and much was reported everyday. While at University, I participated in informal debates with friends on where we thought the country should go. Later when I began teaching politically aware teenagers, I could lead debates and discussions secure in my knowledge and understanding.
Now, over twenty years later, I no longer switch on the News to hear what is being reported. I no longer buy a paper and peruse the headlines. Instead, I read the main headlines on the internet and I pass by many stories. Is it because I live in another country? Maybe. The news does not seem to be that interesting. But I believe my lack of interest stems from the fact my life is different. Now I have a family; now I have other things to do instead of spending time reading stories in print; now I work with people who have no interest in politics and what may be happening politically in their country.
Do I regret the change in my habits? No. The news reported either bores me, or focuses on the negative. If a person does not look beyond the news, one would think that the human race has no compassion and humanity. Stories focus on violence and sensationalism – not the ordinary people who go to work day in and day out in order to provide for themselves and their family.
I do not see my habits changing in the near future. Instead, I will continue reading headlines on my facebook and twitter feed. And the only newspaper I will open will be the school paper in order to read what my daughter has had published.
Do you read/watch the News?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: news)