Christian Long

Kirk Citron: And Now the Real News

In TED Talks on April 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Extra credit reflection by MELISSA H.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Kirk Citron:  And Now the Real News

Kirk Citron asks, “How many of those stories are actually going to matter in the long run?”

We are “drowning in news”. We find out many new stories each day from different sources. The internet, TV, newspapers… some are local news, some are world news, and some is celebrity news. Now how many of these are actually important? According to Kirk none of these will be important in years to come.

I have to agree and disagree with him.

Certainly, most people do not care what is going on in celebrity lives. To most people they are just normal people who just get a lot of attention. In many years we are not going to care that Angelina and Brad adopted a new kid. That kind of news won’t be important or useful to us in years to come.

Needless to say, I do find that kind of news interesting and I love reading gossip magazines to see who Jon Gosslin is dating now a days.

In a slideshow, Citron shows pictures of the top past events from this last year and saying how none of them will be important in 50 to 100 to 10,000 years from now. He shows pictures including: Miracle on the Hudson, Fort Hood rampage, Michael Jackson’s death, Swine Flu, Afghanistan, The Obama inauguration, and the economy.

Personally it makes me mad that he doesn’t really have a care for all of these important events, that he only seems to care for China rising, the future of medicine, and our resources. Now of course these things are very important, but I think they are all equally important and should be remembered and thought of in 50 or 100 years.

When the airplane on January 15 lost complete control of their engines, they made a remarkable landing and nobody was hurt or killed. Miracle or not, this plane landing successfully on the Hudson River could prove to other pilots that it is possible to land a plane after having terrible condition. It might not be as severe or important as 9/11, but I personally think it could give hope to anyone in the future if another occurrence happens.

I have three male cousins and of them two are in the US Marines and the other one is in the US Army. My cousin Stephen was actually stationed at Fort Hood when the rampage broke out and they all had to go into lock down. First off, being in the armed forces is risking a lot, and being brave and unselfish. Saying that this incident didn’t matter at all is almost like saying none of the dead soldiers are important. Each and every one of the people that have put themselves out there and died for our country should be recognized forever. This brings me to say almost the same thing about the brave soldiers in Afghanistan…

Once again, I think they are just important as the future in medicine. This will defiantly be evident and useful in the next 50- 100 years. In my history book, I know I’m learning about World War 1 which happened in 1918 which was over 90 years ago. How would this war not be in history books in the future?

I understand how saying Michael Jackson’s death won’t be noticed in a couple years, but we still talk about Elvis all the time and he died in 1977. He was very well known and liked, as was Michael Jackson for his music. Swine Flu made an impression on not only everyone involved but everyone one around. I think figuring out the “sickness” could help lead to better medicines in the future as Kirk talks about later in his talk.

How does this not compare to the future in medicine, but has everything to do with medicine?

The Obama inauguration was a huge event. When was the last time we had a black president elected into office?

Oh that’s right…. Never! This was history. Enough said.

The economy has had effect just like the depression did back before World War 2. Many people are left without jobs which can leave to starvation. We learned from the depression, and people can learn from this recession in the years to come.

“The Long News” is a project by The Long Now Foundation and founded by TEDsters. They are looking for news that will matter in 50-100-10000 years. I think finding news that will matter in those years is all about opinion.

But I do agree with Kirk when he says the medicine will be very important in the future. So many new ideas are coming in to play.. nanobees zapping tumors, a robot that can crawl through the human body. Not only is medicine but the global politics. China is beating the US over most things, and we are finding water on the moon! There is so much to come into the future.

Although it seems as Kirk is saying none of these events will matter I do like the point where he states, “In the long run, some news stories are more important than others.”

I do have to agree with this, but I still don’t think he has to say the other events won’t matter. I think that these past events will help us learn more about the future and could prepare us for things later on. Personally they will all matter in the end, just some will be more important at certain times, but overall I think they all should be remembered.


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