Your message reflects my thoughts after my operation went wrong in April 2005 and I was left with a chronic pain disposition. After the anger and frustration had died I saw the operation as a crossroads. I trained for the chaplaincy, and took a much deeper approach to pastoral care
I think that the news being constantly available has done two things.
The first is that people can watch it to the point that it becomes an overwhelming force in their lives. We are far more likely to see bad news than good, even though I have to believe that good news is far more prevalent than bad.
Or the second, it becomes trivialised, so the kidnapping of schoolgirls becomes a hashtag instead of actual anger or grief. I think the fact that news organisations constantly loop the news, so every painful thing is repeated over and over again to the point of trivialising life and death and thus making things seem endless and inescapable, combined with the actual reporting of the banal in order to fill space and save money means that the news is diluted to being well less than useful. Then, war or famine becomes as important as a celebrity’s butt.
Of course, having grown up in insular New Zealand, I know that there was always a dearth of information about the world, and far too much information about rugby (and I like rugby). News from abroad was always sourced from overseas newspapers and organisations like the BBC. This has continued to happen, but we also get 24 hour news on tap – without most people knowing the political alliances of the companies, constant access to information and relentless news breaks. We also get the situation of reporters being side by side with combatants. The underlying message becomes ‘How bad can it be if that let a camera man come too?’
The question is: are we any more informed?
The answer is: I very much doubt it.
So, I’m glad you’ve cut down on the news watching; though breaking your ankle seems like a big price to pay for enlightenment.
great bit of writing Teressa - this is your future.. keep it up
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