The harsh realities of news (and what I think about television)

Sarah Ljunggen, Staff Writer

In today’s world we are all connected. We can talk to people from around the world, visit places just by going online, and — most importantly — we get information in a matter of seconds. We have many ways of accessing and consuming news, from phones to newspapers, but one way that remains the most popular is TV.


Having the ability to watch the news in today’s world on the TV is something that I’m sure most people 50 years ago would never have imagined. We have channels to accommodate everyone’s tastes. CNN is often for the more liberal person, and FOX news for the more conservative, with many more in between.


Being able to have news on the TV in the way we do is something that I think a lot of people take for granted. We have streaming 24/7, and most of it is live. We can learn about topics across the planet, and watch what’s actually happening in those places. The fact that this is possible makes it truly amazing.


Even though having unlimited access to almost everything happening in the world in a matter of seconds is a blessing, there are some downsides. In many ways, the world we live in is not a good one, and these bad things have to be broadcasted to let the world know what is happening.


Multiple people have come forward in frustration that television news is too violent and too harsh. There is never anything happy in the news, only depressing things, they say. Some may believe that this is causing people to become more violent. Whether this is true or not, I think it’s important that these  things are being reported. The world we live in is a mean, violent, and harsh one. I don’t want anything sugarcoated just so I don’t get offended at the actions of other human beings. That isn’t real journalism.


News isn’t the only thing that has improved with TV. We now have access to many more informational shows that we can watch and re-watch. Documentaries, educational shows, and just about anything else you can imagine is on the television. Many people only talk about reality shows, which of course I watch, too. You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t. But I think that informational TV is more important than these mindless shows.


Documentaries are shows that I have been trying to watch more and more of (to even out all of the reality shows and mindless TV shows I usually watch). Documentaries, especially ones about animals, have become a daily watch for me. I was amazed at how much I didn’t know about animals all over the planet. There are documentaries to fit everyone’s interests. There are documentaries about murders, war(s), animals, and basically anything else you can imagine.