Christian Long

Kirk Citron: And Now, the Real News

In TED Talks on May 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Extra credit reflection by EDWARD C.

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

Kirk Citron: And Now, the Real News

The speaker talks about how our society values news. A lot of the stories we choose to be placed on the front page of big time newspapers will not be important in a few weeks or even a few months. After all for every version of a newer history textbook, the text of a long forgotten battle becomes shorter and shorter.

The speaker flashed back to the “big news” for this year, and they were stories such as Michael Jackson dying, and continental airlines having issues on the Hudson River with birds in the air. But who in the next generation will care about that? Sure maybe a few of our children will be influenced by their parent likes of Michael Jackson but they won’t really care about him. And the generation after that probably won’t even know who he is. Generation after generation styles change therefore what is important to people changes with it. What one person says is super important another person might not care at all about it.

The point he is suggesting is that we create a news paper or magazine for news that is going to matter thousands of years down the road, and that will be taught in text books to our future generation. This I believe is a good idea. Society is often ignorant to the large issues that really matter out there in the world. So what types of things should be passed down from generation to generation? If this magazine was to every exist I believe it should have sub categories that important to different types of people because everyone believes different things are important.

I believe this magazine will filter a lot for people. It will filter the important news from the useless news ten years, and people will actually be able to read what is important to them. However who is to decide what news is important and what news is not? That could and would cause a lot of complication in the world of politics, and the news and magazine companies could easily offend people when judging which news is important and which is not. This is a good idea, but it needs a lot of revising.

The people of the future must decide what is important and what must be passed down from one generation to another. We can have opinions but even our opinions won’t matter in another 100 or so years.


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