To be or not to be informed?
January 2, 2013 2:25 PM Subscribe
I am looking for intelligent ideas to help me distinguish between what is "worthy news" and what is "gratuitous news". Can anyone point me in the direction of some good solid writing on this topic?
posted by beccyjoe to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Dearest Mefites. I am looking for insightful readings on the topic of "news". Cultural theory / media theory type writing.
Background: I am someone who hates to read or watch the news because I tend to find it terribly upsetting. But I also feel a moral responsibility, as a citizen of the world, to be informed. I grapple with these questions:
What is (legitimate) news? What should be news? What is the value of being informed? Is it our responsibility to be informed? About what, and why? I want to get right down to the nitty gritty of what we have a moral responsibility to be informed about and why. I think there is so much news that we don't "need" to know, but there is some that we "should" know… but what guidelines can we use to distinguish between the two?
For example, there are horrific news stories that bear no apparent relevance to my life, e.g. shootings in America (I am Australian) that just make me feel incredibly sad and incredibly infuriated. But should I know about these things? When is news that is horrific, still gratuitous?
Of course there are only people's ideas, but I am interested to hear some intelligent ones…
If you can recommend intelligent, insightful, analyses (preferably essays or articles rather than full books) on this theme that I can sink my teeth into, I would be very grateful. Thank you. -beccyjoe