Too Much News

The rise of 24×7 news media has ensured that news gets to people faster. One doesn’t have to wait for the morning newspaper or the evening news to know what has happened.

Also the rise of digital media brings with itself other sets of problems.I read the following quote and immediately wanted to write it down:

 

Alain de Botton writes in The News—A User’s Manual: “The modern world is teaching us that there are dynamics far more insidious and cynical still than censorship in draining people of political will; these involve confusing, boring and distracting the majority away from politics by presenting events in such disorganized, fractured and intermittent way that a majority of the audience is unable to hold on to the thread of the most important issues for any length of time.”

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The proliferation of the media and the rise of the social media has essentially ensured that the audience keeps getting bored and needs more and more new issues to agitate or at least feel agitated about.

The point, as Botton writes, is that “news organizations broadcast a flow of random-sounding bulletins, in great numbers but with little explanation of context, within an agenda” that keeps changing, and “without giving any sense of the ongoing relevance of an issue that had seemed pressing only a short while before.” This is interspersed with constant antics of film stars.

And this, as Botton writes, “would be quite enough to undermine most people’s capacity to grasp political reality – as well as any resolve they might have summoned to alter it.”

This is something that we should worry about.

PS: Some more quotes from The News: A User’s Manual by Alain de Botton

 

The Cinderella Principle

Struggle of Life

Life can be a struggle. Things are never as easy as we want and rarely as easy as we expect. To continue life is a big deal of struggle. But there is a great success lies behind this struggle. To reach this place we have to do hard work. Then the success will come.

The struggle sculpture at Sonargaon Folklore Museum.JPG

This sculpture is made on the theme of master artist Joynul Abedin’s an art work of struggle. It has been well preserved in Sonargoan Musium, Narayanganj, Bangladesh. Source: Wikipedia

The Cinderella Principle

The Cinderella Principle is a fundamental part of life. To put simply, the Cinderella Principle is an example of human psychology.

Everyone thinks life is one upward, smooth trajectory. They think of Cinderella in her big castle and forget that she spent decades scrubbing floors, being beaten, and locked in a cold room. Between “Once upon a time” and “Happily ever after” a lot happens. Not all of it is good. – Joshua Kennon

Source: The Cinderella Principle