January 10th: Watch an Opposing View News Channel

THIS WAS HARD.

I don’t want to get into politics, so I won’t even say what my normal news source is or which one I watched to get an opposing view but I will say how disgusted I was.

When it really comes down to it both sources leave out stories that do not align with their agenda and seem to build a lot of fear and hate around issues that they do discuss. This is not new information to me, but the extremity of it is disheartening.

I found this media bias chart:

https://www.themountaineer.com/opinion/columns/heres-a-great-way-to-learn-if-your-media-source-is-biased/article_07c475fe-f8cc-11e9-8e52-abe7b8fc1d66.html

I think it is a good representation of how the news sources.

I do think this is something I should do more often just to at least hear what the other side is discussing but not something I can do extremely regular because of how frustrated I got with lies and exaggerations.

January 13th: Read an Entire Newspaper

Reading an entire newspaper is exhausting! And I am at a slight fork in the road how I feel about this.

It has literally been years, maybe over a decade since I read any part of a newspaper. Do not get me wrong, I read and watch the news. But obviously, I assume, nearly every person knows and understands that printed newspapers are nearly obsolete.(I had to ask the woman at the store how to ring in the newspaper at the self-checkout, and she said, “how to ring in WHAT?” 😂)

It is no secret that the internet provided an immediacy to news and television broadcasts provide an ease. But after reading the paper today I have to say I found it somewhat refreshing (even though, as I said in my opener exhausting).

As I read each article I felt the sense that I knew the information or had at least heard snippets of the information on the internet or on tv, yet, the articles went into so much more detail, had more cohesive information and felt more intricately descriptive in theme.

However, if I think about the stories the paper is dated upon its release. Obviously, that is one of the debates that people bring up when they think of the extinction of printed news. But I think I have to fight for it. I think it is important to still print. I think it is important to still investigate and bring more details to stories that are too quickly being released online without the journalism of the past. I believe I could go on for a whole dissertation about this topic and the issue of fake news but I will not digress into politics.

Really I just want to say, this was a good experience. I think it is always important to stay up to date with news but with this experience I think it is important to just take a moment to do something in a way you thought maybe was not as important anymore. I am not buying stock in printed news or anything but I think it’s worth it to use its reliability to gather information. Maybe I will just start buying the Sunday paper and spend the week reviewing it.