Conventional wisdom indicates that the general (American) population is woefully uninformed about current events.
In a September 2013 news poll by Pew, “majorities answered 5 of 13 questions correctly.”
That doesn’t sounds so good.
But, of course, that one data point doesn’t really tell us anything since in their January 2013 poll, majorities correctly answered 11 of the 13 items. So, people may or may not actually be uninformed.
One of my primary sources of information is the morning news. And granted, I think the morning news is more “chatty” than the evening news, but I can’t escape the feeling that reporters are saying more and more about less and less.
In theory, I think it’s great for people to be deeply informed about issues. But in practice, most news coverage seems to only scratch the surface of an issue.
So why don’t we do this: condense everything that doesn’t need in-depth coverage as much as possible, thus saving time for everything else.
Since I’m thinking about a broadcast medium, I’d go with, say, a short visual and 1-2 words per story. None of this telling us what’s happening then interviewing an “average person” to tell us in their own words. Let’s have a few in-depth stories with expert opinions, sure, but let’s leave it there.
And we can definitely cut the promotion of up coming stories. No more, “find out what may be killing you…coming up next.” Or, “Up next – what a new study says about a good night’s sleep.” Then five minutes later, they take two minutes of your life to tell you that sleep is important. How is that helpful?
To get us started, here are some concise examples of today’s news. These are great and important topics, but – let’s keep it moving here people.
National and international news:
See? And now look at how much time we have to really dig into other issues.