Selective media

I sometimes run across news that isn’t reported by our mainstream media. Often I can chalk up those stories to being about other countries; the US is a decidedly US-focused media market. It’s unfortunate but true. Americans miss a lot of what is happening in the world. But on occasion, I encounter something that should be reported by the US media but isn’t. At least not by the mainstream media.

I quickly shake this off and move on with my life. After all, what can I do about it? But I’ve been thinking how this makes all of us less rich and the dialogue in the country less full.

Like the tree that falls in the forest, if no one is around to hear it, did it make any noise? If a story isn’t reported by news outlets, did it not happen? Or more aptly, does this mean it is of no import?

If something is not heard, not seen, not part of the communal dialogue, it is as if it didn’t happen. We aren’t even rewriting or whitewashing events; we are denying that they even existed. We are dismissing the event, de-emphasizing it. And by doing so, we do a great disservice to ourselves—whether this is news, history, or education. Our worlds become a bit smaller.


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