The news about the news – Jessica Bruce
My reflection on our course this month brought me back to my main topic of choice this module regarding the news and framing.
From our online forum I was directed to yet another TED talk (Thank-you Fabianna J) by Alisa Miller titled “The news about the news”. Very suiting title I must agree!
Miller’s TED talk focused on the fact that we are in a generation that wants to know more about the world than ever, yet the media is actually showing less.
Millers talk really struck a chord with me as news coverage has been a hot topic this semester. Miller asks us “How does the news shape the way we see the world?”
Is that not a fundamental question? Is what we absorb in our current media forming a lens of how we see our society as well as others?
Most of you would agree that in our current day and age we have been more connected than ever on an international scale, yet Miller thinks that this may not be the case.
Miller’s talk points out the alarming fact that the death of Anna Nicole Smith received 10 times the coverage then the report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
As the climate is something that impacts us all and the life or death of Anna Nicole Smith impacts none of us, then why would it be the main topic in our trusted news outlets?
The proof is in the pudding; international news costs MONEY. For North American news providers the cost to have a news station seems to out-way the benefits. Why waste money on international news if the public is content with watching the death of Anna Nicole Smith if they know nothing different?
This talk by Alisa Miller was published over 6 years ago and there is no doubt in my mind that things have not improved!!
I know many of you have experience on a national/international level, do you think our news outlets are presently connecting us more or perhaps less?
If it is more affordable for the press to follow Hollywood gossip then it would seem that we are creating an idea of news for our youth.
Are we risking our children’s idea of what is news? Is it not fair to say that our future generation may have a distorted image of what real news is?
This article by Miller has really made me think about what I evaluate as news worthy. Media has an unbelievable impact on our understanding of the world and it is important to be wary of what we consider to be “news”.
Miller, A. (n.d.). Alisa Miller: The news about the news | Video on TED.com. TED: Ideas worth spreading. Retrieved March 2, 2013, from http://www.ted.com/talks/alisa_miller_shares