lazy press = lazy public?
1. averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion; indolent.
2. causing idleness or indolence: a hot, lazy afternoon.
3. slow-moving; sluggish: a lazy stream.
Now it would be easy to jump in and start with the fact that America (and Americans) for the most part exemplify this definition in almost all parts of it however that would be unfair because the world as a whole is leaning more towards the idea that laziness is better in certain aspects.
Yes Americans for the most part are lazy, in our professions, attitudes, understanding of the world and others. In fact the only thing we are not lazy in I would say is our stubbornness that we are the best and that everyone else should be like us. We love our ignorance and hate to try anything that is outside of our comfort zone.
Our understanding of the world comes through filtered media and our phones, tablets and websites. We do not push to go beyond them for any reason. Nor do we question them even when we know they have messed up and reported false information because they were too lazy to dig for the truth.
All too often the news that we receive is based on the squeaky wheel syndrome that whoever (groups, politicians, organizations, etc) is yelling the loudest must be correct and therefore thats all we should listen to. Forget facts and truth if they are yelling and standing outside with signs than they must have something serious to say and therefore we should give them the airwaves.
Yes we should let them speak, freedom of speech is amazingly important in this times, however if they are screaming falsehoods and irrational ideas then someone else should stand up and debate them. Ask the tough questions, the follow ups and call them out. That is the part of journalism that has been missing for awhile.
As some of you know I work in the entertainment side of the media industry and most of what I create or work on is fiction. I love what I do and the projects I work on because it gives me freedom to design worlds, stories and characters that otherwise could or might not exist in our world. It is getting harder and harder to distinguish sometimes what I see in a script versus what is being spouted from the mouths of journalists. The worst is not seeing anything new being covered or mentioned for several days because a story is stuck in neutral. Watching “credible” journalists being to share the opinions and thoughts on a story because they have nothing else to say is heartbreaking. Some of their insights bring to light how they should be hosting a celebrity watch segment instead of covering serious stories like the #BostonMarathonBombing or #BangladeshFactoryCollapse.
Todd Gitlin a professor at Columbia University wrote an excellent op ed piece on http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/04/2013429908239938.html
This piece really highlights a lot of issues that most Americans have not heard about or even cared to see. Currently the top story on CNN’s site is ‘Missing woman shows up after 11 years’ while Al Jazeera is covering the crisis in Syria. I am not saying that Al Jazeera is above the rest of the media outlets nor do they get it right everytime but they have been far above most of the others throughout several stories.
I started out my college education as a Communications/Journalism major and still find myself wishing I had gone down that road and ended up being a news segment producer covering stories around the world. However I have to question that if I had would I be in the same boat as the rest right now and find myself being lazy with my work?
Sure I have my lazy days where I sit on Netflix and zone out for a bit. I strive to try and push myself to understand the world, the ongoing situations that constantly shape how we all live in this world and what can make that suddenly change.
My hope in writing this is not to offend (granted I know it will in some regards) but to ask the question are we being too lazy? If I do offend does it help to push you outside your comfort zone? As I often say in my work emails and paperwork if there is an error please call me out and show it to me. If I do not realize I made a mistake than I will continue to do so and then I too become part of the problem.
I wish you all the best and hope that you have a wonderful and educational day.
Thanks for reading.