My generation is constantly on social media and reads hundreds of thousands of articles and blogs. However, many of my peers still do not stay up to date on current events. It is your duty as a citizen of this country and member of society to stay informed.
Despite what many may believe keeping, up with the news is not rocket science.
The First Amendment gives everyone the right to express his or her opinion. It also allows our news outlets to report without prior restraint. You cannot use these rights properly if you do not try to understand politics or make time to keep up with the news.
Freedom of the press does not matter if you do not pay attention to what the press reports on in the first place.
On Oct. 6 the Crimson and staff of another campus publication participated in National News Engagement Day. We interviewed various students and faculty about why they thought news was important and quizzed them to see if they knew major current events.
It was very surprising to me that some of my peers could not even name five of the 15 Republican presidential candidates or where the most recent school shooting had occurred.
Knowing what is going on in your community, nation and world will also make you a more informed voter and intelligent member of society.
This is especially important with the upcoming presidential election.
Lots of people whine the news is “not interesting” to them. That is no reason. With such a wide variety of news sites with a vast array of content, you will locate something which interests you. Read, see and listen to what changes you, and what interests you.
Another common justification individuals make is they don’t have sufficient time. No one is expecting one to read a complete New York Times paper front. You don’t need to understand every detail about all catastrophes going on right now. That could not be possible. Nevertheless, you’ve more time than you may be thinking.
Follow news publications on social media headlines show up in the feed which you scroll through many times a day. View or pay attention to the news while you’re getting prepared each morning. Download a few news programs. Subscribe to daily e-mail newsletters which summarizes the main news stories of the day within an entertaining and clear manner.
Technology has really caused it to be extremely easy to get access. If we wish to live beyond the “Samford bubble” so many people complain about, we should care about and follow what’s going on outside of our campus.