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Our World Is Smaller, And (I Fear) So Is Our Understanding Of It

Updated on August 27, 2016

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Well-informed citizenry: are we, or not?

Newspaper readership is way down.

Newscasts on TV are short and loaded with commercials.

Social media is instant, but of dubious value.

Radio newscasts are just minutes on the hour, and the half hour with "spot" news.

Without good, local journalism, even local news suffers.

Political ads influence voters, or they wouldn't inundate the airways.

The newspapers that remain seem determined to take sides, even in what is actual news.

Courses such as Civics are rarely taught any more.

Our understanding of local, state, regional, national, and world cultures and events is limited.

If "an informed citizenry" is what protects our society, are we "turned off" instead of "tuned in"?

And, if we are lacking in critical knowledge and understanding, what can we look forward to?

If we don't know the truth, how long can we remain free to enjoy our Bill Of Rights?

How can we preserve those rights and insure a brighter future for all of us around the world?

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      Deb Hirt 14 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I believe we are fed what we are wanted to hear, right or wrong. There will always be propaganda.

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      Demas W Jasper 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      teaches12345 - Even NPR, for whom I normally would have great respect, repeatedly has commentators from The Washington Post a newspaper which is openly hostile to Mr. Trump. The Republican Party leadership has still been foot dragging in its lukewarm support of its own candidate, including those who once promised to support the party's nominee.

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      Demas W Jasper 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Jodah - I think Americans are among the most impatient people in the world, and we sacrifice a great deal to those with seemingly infinite patience and longer term world view.

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      Dianna Mendez 14 months ago

      I still love reading the paper news but the online versions are easier to find what you want to read. However, as you shared, it is often slanted. And where do you go to find the truth if all others are equally slanted?

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      You pose some good questions, Demas. In general, it appears good journalism is a thing of the past. The Internet and desire for instant news is partially to blame.

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      Demas W Jasper 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      FlourishAnyway - Often simply opinions built on "dirt."

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      I'm not sure how informed we all are. We have opinions, but they are often built on sand.