Just Reading The News Isn’t Enough

by Rhea Park
Also Featured on KCBS

Just Reading The News Isn’t Enough

by Rhea Park
Also Featured on KCBS
10.01.17
Photo Courtesy of Caribb via Flickr
10.01.17

Photo Courtesy of Caribb via Flickr

When Time magazine arrived at my home every week, I used to read through articles as I slowly munched away at my breakfast.

I felt that I had a responsibility to know what was happening in my country. It made me feel like I could easily jump into conversations about politics.

But one day, during a class debate about Obamacare, I found myself spewing off sentences from an article I had read — even though I didn’t fully understand it. But, there I was, arguing the author’s perspective like it was my own. Unconsciously, my thoughts and the information I had read had melded together.

Since then, I’ve become more critical of the news. I read multiple articles on the same topic and don’t settle for the first piece of information I find. I used to think that I was fulfilling my civic duty by staying up to date with the news. But now I know it’s important to understand the news, not just hear about it.

 

 

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