My husband works in healthcare and he was at a conference last week where he was given glasses that were supposed to be great for the eclipse. A couple of days later – he received an email that told all attendees to throw away the glasses. They weren’t safe. Even health care experts gave their people the wrong glasses.
I ended up working all day and just watched the eclipse live on WGN-TV. I knew the most passionate person would be meteorologist, Tom Skilling. I was NOT disappointed. In fact, he made news covering the story. He was so happy, overwhelmed and tired – that he started crying. You can read more about that here.
The solar eclipse story is a good example of why you, as an informed citizen, need to watch many, many, many sources of news.Look what happened with Charlottes’ F(?) – If you were someone who only watches or follows certain people on twitter, you would think it’s one story, but if you follow different sources on twitter, you would think the story goes this way.
Look what happened with the coverage of Charlottesville, Virginia. It hit on a Friday night and into Saturday when there’s less TV news coverage. So if you jumped over to Twitter for your news and only follow a certain kind of person — you would think it’s one story while it could be something entirely different.
Journalists covering the racial violence in Charlottesville struggled to find the right words to tell you the story. Some sanitized it. Some didn’t show the most hateful pictures. They censored much of what you saw on TV. A big reason is you can’t show “bad” words on TV.
So you – as a viewer don’t get the BIG picture.
This is why you HAVE to watch/read/follow and listen to many sources of news.
If you just watch FOX News, it’s really important to watch CNN a few times a week. Throw in some BBC too so you can see another viewpoint on what’s going on here in the United States and in other countries.
If you follow people like David Duke (for example) you saw his brand of news Saturday. I follow him because I like to see what EVERYONE is saying. I like to see the news people are disseminating, so I can understand when people have certain thoughts or beliefs. I don’t censor my viewing or reading. I WANT to know what’s being shared. I want to know what people think. People who aren’t like me. People who don’t have the same beliefs. If I have a better picture of the world – I personally feel that I can be a better person. I can better understand how people feel and why they feel a certain way.
Don’t censor yourself by watching one news channel or reading one source of news on the web. Broaden your sources so you can be a more informed person and possibly, a more understanding person.
If you watch or read only one source of news and believe it — you could get a lot more than just retina damage.
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Boy is this my life right now… packing and unpacking!