Although my blog is usually based on health topics, today although a bit different I think this topic may still fit the bill, but in a much different way.
It seems as if we are inundated with news today, with every radio and television station striving for the most effective ways to hold us the listener and viewer, while keeping us on the edge of our seats with captivating, as it happens news, no matter what the topic. Although we have become accustomed to this way of staying informed, is it really the healthiest thing for us emotionally and physically as the viewer and listener? I mean do we seriously need to watch a mass shooting over and over from every angle, with so called specialists in every field giving their "opinions" all the while playing feedback until we are at the breaking point of stress and emotions. Have we as a people become so accustomed to this style of news reporting that it has become the norm, and has it further desensitized us to the point where there is nothing that has shock value in our lives any longer?
Lately I have found myself turning in for the basic news and then tuning out. I know being informed is important, but I think I yearn for the time in my childhood, although corny when we heard about things after they happened, sometimes days after. We would hear about was happened, where it happened, and never did we have to see it, re see it or relive it over and over all day long.
Also, when did news reporters start to have opinions? I always thought the job of an anchor or reporter was to report the news while keeping their personal feelings to themselves, letting us the viewers and radio listeners formulate our own opinions.Today we not only get the pictures and videos jammed down our throats, but the opinions on both sides aggressively thrown at us. I wonder how events over the years would have turned out with today’s reporting. The Vietnam war, World War I, World War II, and so many others that may have had different outcomes due to the on the spot as it was happening style of reporting. I am all for education, and informing the public, as I do it for a living, but the standard world news… I think we all need a brain break!
My name is Jeffrey Burke. I have been in the health and nutrition field for well over three decades. In August 2012 I was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasting Hall Of Fame. It was an amazing honor to be honored at the Gala event.
Jeff has been posting about nutrition and health since 2006. See those posts here: