News, it is said, is something that tells us something new. It informs those who need to know. What kind of news? News, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is “A report of recent events or happenings”.
When a plane crashes or a bus crashes into a bus, the first people to be informed are the passengers. They watch the monitors live on television. They read the wires online. They get the wires from the places where the crash happened to get the information that they need immediately.
But how do we get access to all this news if not through the media? We get it through newspapers and magazines. We can go to their offices to get our news, or we can read the news out in the streets. If there is a fire, we may see smoke coming from buildings. That’s all news.
But, unfortunately, not all news is good news. There are some things in the news that are not correct. Such news as crime that leads to crime, such news as accidents that lead to accidents and deaths that lead to deaths. News that leads to misinformation that can cause harm to people. News that may lead to hatred, intolerance, war, crime and violence.
In fact, such news distorts the reality. It creates an illusion, a fantasy world in which some things are true and some false. News, such as war, death and crime, are such things that should not exist. Especially, when they are part of propaganda.
News may change quickly. But people should be aware of how fast news changes. What is new in the news may not be news at all. Sometimes it is just a re-telling of old news, and sometimes it is just a promotion of some kind. So we need to be aware of such distortions.
If you are reading this article you probably already know this, but you should not trust all the media. They may not tell the whole truth. They may distort, lie, play with your emotions, and take advantage of you. It is not necessarily a bad thing when the media gets it wrong, because it is free news.
So, why should you listen to the media? I ask this because you may be feeling angry about something that happened to you or someone you know and the media seems to have a lot to cover. You are looking for some information about the event, and the person who wrote or said this news story seems to have all the answers. You may be looking for details, and the person writing the news story is likely to give you all the facts that you want to hear, without bias.
But, unfortunately, that person may be working for the other side. He or she may be trying to sell you a version of what really happened. So you get another spin on the news, another version of what really happened. Why should you listen to it? What is the point of listening to someone who may twist the news in their favor to make it sound like it is the best thing that ever happened? Please consider this.