Monday, July 16, 2012
World Conscious News
That being said, while I was in London on Friday I noticed something that disproved this theory or at least made me want to expand it. As I was killing time waiting for my friend to arrive, I stumbled upon a line of newspaper stands. Quickly I noticed they were all free, but I noticed something else that really caught my eye. They were newspapers from around the globe prominently placed in relation to a train station and many bins were empty, meaning that people were reading them. It really inspired me! I don't spend that much time in Atlanta, so I can't say I know for sure whether or not Atlanta has a place like this where it's easy to acquire news from around the globe, but I've never seen anything like it and when I have seen foreign papers at news stands, they don't appear to be selling well. Even more interesting, the newspapers were not necessarily from countries directly next to England. South Africa, India, Australia and Canada all had bins.
This experience really got me thinking about the attitude towards foreign news in the United States. Is it just that we feel so insulated in a big country that we think we don't need to be informed about other countries' news? Is it egocentrism or is it genuinely that many events don't effect us? I try to keep up with other countries' events, but I have to read about them online because I can't pick up a South African newspaper in Midtown. I'm sure you can buy newspapers from around the globe, but as an American with no direct ties to most countries, do you think someone would pay to learn about something just for the sake of being a better informed human? Or is it okay to only know the news that directly affects us?