Imagine That

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There once was a time, before the Internet, before Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; Where people had to huddle around the radio or sit in front of the television to catch breaking news. Shows would be interrupted, radio broadcasters would deviate from their scripts. People would stop what they were doing because the news was just that important. This is the kind of news I want to report about. Nowadays we are so wired into the digital age that news that was once life altering is no more than a blip on our radar. I will be the first to admit that I am guilty of this from time to time. I have been known to get lost in the web, one screen on CNN, the other on TMZ and Youtube, but I am looking to change that.
Take this picture for example: This picture is of an old news post I found in one of my research classes. It showed me just how disconnected I am. Landing on the Moon is one of the greatest achievements in human history, but if it wasn’t for the passing of Mr. Armstrong it may not have even been in our collective consciousness today. Just last August NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover landed on and is taking pictures of a planet millions of light years away. Another achievement in human history but if you were to ask 10 people off the street I’d bet only three or four would know what you were referring to. This is not how I want my future in Journalism to look. Of course I see the irony of writing this all in a blog but we all have to roll with the punches. The delivery and the medium has changed but the messages have not. I want as broad an audience as I can find. I want to write and photograph for the largest possible audience. With a population of over six billion, if I get even a fraction of that viewing my work I could die a happy man.

2 comments

  1. Keysha M Low says:

    Your totally right! I find a lot of people are more interested in their Facebook updates than the current events of the world…I wonder why that is? Maybe it is more relatable, or applicable to their lives??

  2. Eleni says:

    Well put. You have a solid point, but I think the evolution of our world is first we had to go competely mad and spiral out of control before we get back to the basics. But I think we are on our way. As much as some people make fun of the growing community of hipsters, they have got the right idea. “I don’t even have facebook” has become the new “I don’t even own a tv”. Hopefully more people will adapt to their good sense of simplicity and reading the newspaper won’t seem like such a foreign idea.

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