Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Generation is Lost? Maybe not quite yet

Most people don't read the newspaper today, but they still utilized publications to get their news, but it is now over the web. And most don't go to local news papers websites, but the national papers. It seems most young people aren't concerned with their town, but the nation.

Also, the unprecedented voter turnout can be contributed to what we grew up with.
We grew up knowing what was going on in the world, and 9/11 is the keynote. After that, I believe many young people saw that there are things wrong in this country, and we took it on our shoulders as a need to fix, and now that that generation can finally vote, we used that ambition to make our voices known.

To tell the truth, I don't know what truly connects people to civic life. I believe it is a side effect of globalization, that the sense of small community is lost, and that most are connected to the big picture of what is going on nationally and internationally.

Most people, it seems, connect to a "news" broadcast that reflects their views, and doesn't necessarily report the news. Conservatives connect with FoxNews, liberals connect with MSNBC, and moderates connect with CNN.

I believe it is our role as journalists to keep that public informed, but to not spin that information, or omit things that don't fit certain political agendas. Our first allegiance is to the public, and to maintain that connection of civic duty, we need to ourselves act civil and ethical in our news coverage.

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