No News is Bad News

It’s the early morning and I’ve already read a few newspapers, some blogs and a couple celebrity gossip sites.

I know a lot—sometimes too much—about our nations state of cultural affairs. But hey, at least I’m informed about something and it IS my job, right?

There was a day though, particularly all four years of my undergraduate career (save the Thursday Style section of the NYT) that I knew nothing about current events.

Apparently, I’m not alone in this. In a recent study based on 1,800 Americans, only 18% of those from ages 18-30 read a newspaper everyday. The results found that our generation is more of a glance at the news type of group than any other.

And although we spend hours in front of our computers each day, most of the news we do watch is from the television.

Even more importantly though, it isn’t the ways in which we are receiving our news, but the fact that we are getting it at all. It is sad to think that of the many times I spent hours mindlessly surfing the internet, I never once really went to the New York Times homepage or even USA Today, which is slightly fluffy, to find out really what was going on in the world.

These days, despite the fact that many times I feel over informed, I am glad that I have any idea at all what’s happening in our country. Sometimes it’s nice to have a balance between reality and celeb-reality. It’s easy to forget what’s really happening in the real world when Britney wears another awful outfit, Paris tries to be modest and Lindsay’s nudey pics are right around the corner.

It’s time to open our eyes to news – both real and superficial because last time I checked, knowledge of Britney’s custody battle doesn’t help anyone but K-Fed.

Here’s hoping our generation decides to turn the other corner and read some real news for once.

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