In the wake of recent major news stories, such as the Boston bombing, the IRS scandal and the Benghazi case, it has come to the media’s attention that a large proportion of the American public is rather ill-informed on topics of current events. At the height of the social media age, it is curious that such a phenomenon would come about, and this begs the question, why?
Broadcast stations such as CBS, FOX, and CNN, along with traditionally print-based forums such as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, among others, all maintain professional websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts. These outlets attract thousands upon thousands of followers and subscribers, and have become the main news source for many citizens.
The ease and speed that new media outlets provide for their consumers can instill an unconscious attitude of apathy or hesitance towards what would typically be major headlines. “I try and stay informed with what is happening around the world, but half of the news is gossip and things that really don’t matter anyways so it’s a challenge.” senior Hailey Hickey said. “It’s important to know whats going on around you. Anything can affect you and no one is stuck in their own box. It’s irresponsible to not pay attention.” added Hickey.
Andrea Conover is the News Editor for The Spartan Speaks.