Today we took a Current Event News Quiz. I did terrible on it just because of how little I pay attention to the world. I feel like yes I should get into news more, but at the same time how are we supposed to hear an unbiased news report? I want the facts so I can digest the information and evaluate it for myself. I also hate being wrong and so finding incorrect or biased information and then learning I am wrong from a friend really bothers me.
We also took a Survey on News and Entertainment Use. I did pretty poorly on that as well, because I am not on a bunch of media sites. I feel a little uneasy about that, because if I don’t get to see stories then I am I the dark and am not as knowledgeable as my peers.
News to me is straight facts that the viewer can take to understand the full picture fairly easily. I get my news from a variety of sources. For example I listen to Fox News, ESPN, and some other news broadcasts. I also read about different events from Google searches and from word of mouth from friends, peers, and family. I don’t trust my news sources that well, because I don’t know what is real and what is opinionated.
I will talk to people about news if they bring it up or if I run out of different topics (which isn’t that often, but could be eventually). I don’t feel comfortable talking about news with people that are easily offended, because I like being honest and sticking to what I feel to be right. I do talk about news with my parents to get their opinion on something, but their opinion is definitely slanted towards a religious perspective and, for my dad, a stubborn straight path. So it can be rather difficult to discuss the full picture and to venture into other perspectives.
To broaden my horizon a little bit, I could read more news and search for a actual news source that is fairly close to my definition of news. This would help my become more cultured and add to my intelligence. This would also allow me to learn how to better the world around me as I grow up. I hope to make an impact in this world one way or another during my life and so understanding my environment would definitely help me to accomplish a goal I have.
My entertainment diet consists of a variety of books, movies, and TV shows, such as Grimm, New Girl, Big Bang Theory, and Disney shows. I also like to play a variety of games with my little brother. I use this entertainment sources, because my family likes them and my friends also do. I like to spend time on entertainment or other media for about 4 to 6 hours a week max, because I like to spend time doing other stuff that is more active. I could extend my time in media or news by listening to the news radio station more. I tend to listen to just music while I am doing activities, because that is a way I express myself.
My parents have always been pretty lenient with what I watch, because they know I am responsible to know what I shouldn’t be watching. My mom has been a little more cautious then my Dad, but my parents trust me to make those decisions.