What is News ?
Well – what it is not is Entertainment. That is something separate.
You can have Entertainment News, certainly. And if you enjoy that sort of thing then good on you – more power to you I am sure.
But lets try and be honest (and logical) with ourselves for once please.
Sport – is entertainment.
Lifestyles of the rich and famous – is entertainment.
Murder trials and gratuitous video of violence – is entertainment…
“Fluffy dog” stories – are entertainment.
Commentary on other news media – is entertainment (and navel gazing and lazy by the media involved too).
And seeing how as that sort of story makes up half of what is presented in the Main-Stream-Media television “News”, then straight away, what we are being sold as news – is NOT News.
And much of what is left is also NOT-News, and is often ANTI-News.
ANTI-News – is Lies, Obfuscations, Dissembling, Propaganda and Biased reporting.
Which is pretty much all of the political reporting we get.
Hmmm… what do we have left – the Weather ?
Altho, half of that is entertainment too.
Are we really so pathetic, that we need to have our News served up to us as a mash-up of info-tainment ?
But back to our main thesis: what is News? What is PURE NEWS ?
It’s a bit hard to define really. A bit like beauty or something, I will recognise it when I see it.
Maybe there are also a number of defining characteristics we can measure it with, like:
- Is this local.
- Does this directly affect me.
- If it is not local, does it have the genuine potential to become local and directly affect me.
- Do I care about this (really).
- Do I know any of the people involved.
- If I never heard about this, would it matter in the slightest.
- Why would anyone have an interest in telling me about this (what is their interest or agenda) ?
Let me know if you can think of any other measures.
I don’t mind entertainment, or infotainment.
But don’t sell it as News.
And I really DO object to Propaganda being sold as News.
Then again, I don’t like advertisements in general…
When DOES “spreading the NEWS“, actually become “News” ???
I have to acknowledge there is a hazy cross-over zone.