Poll: Knowing World Events
When I was in grad school, Noam Chomsky came to speak to our class. We read some background information on him to prepare for his visit, and I learned that he and his wife spent every morning reading an impressive number of newspapers, journals, and magazines from all over the world (because, of course, if you’re Noam Chomsky, you can read just about every language). They felt it was their duty to know what was going on, to see emerging crises in the world. They didn’t stick to the big name news outlets. They sought out a comprehensive and continual understanding of current events and felt that this was their obligation as world citizens.
I’m no Noam Chomsky, but I do feel like it’s my duty to know what’s going on in the world. The question is how to do it. I know I need to be better at it. Right now, my media is limited to NPR and um, what my friends post on Facebook.
This week’s poll is two-fold. What are your primary sources of news? And, how much time do you devote to staying on top of things? Please list your favorite and trusted news organizations in the comments section.