Thursday, June 19, 2008

Distortion of News in US

Here is why Americans know less about the world than ever.

Local tv news looms large and unfortunately only dedicates 12% of its coverage to international news. The combined coverage of India, China and Russia often reaches just 1 percent. Celebrity news get most attention, for instance the death of Anna Nicole Smith or the life of Britney Spears. Web channels don’t do any better.

Much of global news from US news creators is recycled stories from the AP wire services and Reuters, and don’t put things into a context that people can understand their connection to it.

Today’s college graduates as well as less educated Americans know less about the world than their counterparts did 20 years ago. Is this distorted world view what we want for Americans in our increasingly interconnected world?