Monday, August 17, 2009

Where do you get your news?


Please answer the poll on the right and add any comments/advice you have below.

I've recently purchased an online subscription to our city newspaper ($5/mo.). Up until now I've been mainly going to various news websites (and plan to continue to do so), but have felt somewhat disconnected from what goes on in the city I live in.

How valuable is a newspaper (online or in print) compared to the tons of information you can get for free on the internet? For one the internet is disorganized and a big time consumer and a newspaper has limited space to tell you what's going on. On the other hand, the news on the internet is mostly free.

Does your method of reading the news encourage you to participate as much as you can? Do you get informed enough to feel comfortable to voice your views to your government representatives or are able to make an informed argument for one policy or another?

What do you all think? What do you do?

3 comments:

Coach Ann said...

I also get my news on tv. I like to try and listen carefully and I always take reports with a grain of salt. There is always a bias.

PATR!K said...

My favorite professor at the U taught us to stay on top of world events, mainly because it was within the realms of our Department (Sociology). Because she always brought up important events, I've grown off of her example and I check CNN.com everyday. My bro-in-law checks BBC instead of CNN, so I consider him a traitor. LOL. I think it's important to stay tuned on what's going on. I've moved my family to a small little town (pop.7000) and we don't have a tv connection so we just rely on the internet for news. It's nice NOT to hear about the daily craziness in the nearby big city, as I've heard co-workers comment about "the lady who shot her kids while they were sleeping and then poison her husband and then drive the family van off a cliff" (not really but something close to that!). So not having tv for the news has been nice only in that sense, however, we are currently looking into getting some kind of tv to our home. I think CNN does a good job, but there are tons of other websites to obtain information. I once read that if you have to pay for news, then it's well-written news but if it's free news then it may not be that good; I disagree, as CNN or BBC must have the most current, precise and updated information to stay in business. Just my opinion.

Officer Leeroy said...

Interesting you brought up BBC, my father-in-law mentioned that it's good to check foreign news as well as local news in order to hear both sides of the story. I think it's important to see what impression our leaders are giving to the world with what they do/don't do.

On another note, we don't have TV either. Hulu.com works great to get any series we want to catch (our computer hooks up to our TV, so that helps).