So, while I intended to go to bed early (or earlier than usual), I’ve stayed up to mess around a little more with the site (I can’t seem to settle on a theme) and read more news (okay, along with Facebook and Twitter).
I’m facing news burn-out. I’ve read so much that my mind is spinning (I may even have said that already tonight).
The article linked below is written by a former counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Eliot A. Cohen. Eliot A. Cohen is the director of the Strategic Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. I think it would be fair to believe that he is a subject matter expert. He is critical of the events of the last 8 days, but one thing stands out – he believes in the power of the American people.
A Clarifying Moment in American History
And so, I wonder what Monday will bring…
I grew up in a household where the news was on TV every night, where a newspaper was always available…
We always had access to books, to libraries, to radio and television.
My parents never sought to push us one political direction or another, but to make sure that we were able to inform ourselves about the world around us and to be able to have rational conversations about it.
Today, I find myself obsessed with what is going on around us. I have filled the last few days by reading a continuous stream of news from many different news sources. It has been a dizzying experience.
I hope that as everyone watches, listens, and reads that they evaluate a few things:
1) The source of the news. Is it a first-person account of an event? Is it an opinion piece? Is it a well-researched news story?
2) The bias of the source. We all have biases. Some of them are obvious, some of them are not.
3) Your bias as a reader, viewer, or listener. We don’t often consider our own bias, whether pro- or con-, and how it impacts our interpretation of the story.
I also encourage everyone to find news from a variety of sources. Ones that believe that facts are facts, and opinions are opinions. Don’t just read (listen, watch) sources that validate your own opinions.
Red Kanga has been through various iterations, and quite frankly it has not been updated for quite some time.
It is now time to bring a voice back to this site. To create an opportunity to be heard. To share voices from all over.
This is my soapbox.