Since everyone is supposed to be entitled to their opinion, I might as well give mine. I try as much as possible not to use the word ‘hate’ in my vocabulary but I almost feel like this topic deserves it. There was a time when the word ‘news’ related to a person’s interests and habits attached a sense of intelligence to the person’s personality. It was immediately assumed that one could hold a good conversation or debate about news reports and leave with a feeling of having educated or been educated with the individual in question. News was informative, enlightening, educating, updating and necessary. I remember one common command when I was growing up was ‘quiet, let hear what’s in the news today’ and it was all my parents needed to say. A day without reading a newspaper or sitting in front of the TV for a few minutes left one almost with a bereft feeling.
Well not anymore! If we are ever honest with ourselves these days, only about 5% of what is shown or read today is news and by that I mean informative, enlightening, educating, updating and necessary. The rest can only be described in my opinion as insulting to our intelligence, slandering, scary, insinuating, and unnecessarily repetitive. I refrain from giving examples because my intention is not to pick on any individual but just to acknowledge what society- and that embraces all of us from the giver to the recipient- has done to the media. As if that is not bad enough, we now have news stations that show 24/7 with breaking news and news flash and news update without much of an update on the report. It is enough hard work maintaining a balanced attitude towards life and being positive in spite of what life throws at one. The additional pressure of trying to put the so-called news reports in its proper place and dealing with it in its proper context; being able to sieve what is actually important and what is fiction or drama or someone’s biased opinion and even vents of emotion can be exhausting and over whelming.
If you want to be depressed these days, go sit down, put your TV on, tune into a news channel and sit there for 30 minutes. Do that for a week and see if your attitude towards life does not change for the worse. I say this with great sadness because the articulation and presentation of ones thoughts and opinion used to be a greatly admired art. Now it has been reduced to what can change a news report into something it could have been or should have been or what if someone’s imaginative ideas had been the case or what someone’s opinion is.
That is okay as a documentary even though I still wouldn’t watch it I am sure. And please don’t get me wrong, I love documentaries that give you food for thought and I am in fact an Anthony Bourdain fan any day as creepy as some of his journeys can be which just makes them even more fascinating for me. But let news be news and let documentaries and debates be what they are. The fantasies and movies have their place in the media too. Just let news be news, please.