News is data about current affairs. It can be presented through a number of media: newspaper, publishing, televised, radio, post-offending, photographic, or via the oral testimony of witnesses and observers to major events. Some forms of news are public knowledge, while others are not. News can be of many types, but the most common forms are news stories and news items that have general information about events that happen in the world as a whole or a particular region.
The word news is an Anglo-Saxon word that has roots dating back to the 12th century. The idea that news is a kind of “common knowledge” dates back to the Ancient Greek’s and Roman empires. Early civilizations such as China and India depended on writing as a way to pass on important information to their readers. In those days, newspapers or pamphlets with significant news and current events were circulated orally or written on bamboo slates. In order to read these documents, people had to make the effort to go to libraries and corners of the city or town to purchase them or they could simply be read over the small reading houses where people would copy newspapers for themselves.
Today, it is still necessary to go to libraries in order to acquire newspapers or other forms of news because the world has become a global village. Regardless of whether you are reading a newspaper in England, in Japan, or in India, you are still reading news from one corner of the globe to another. Today, news travels fast. In just one day, big news can spread all over the world. Hence, today’s news is not only relevant to the time in which it was written, but is also important to the people who are interested in that particular news.
A great example of this phenomenon is seen during the Gulf War. During that war, there were reports that Iraq had received weapons of mass destruction from Iran, which was declared a threat to the security of the American people. However, within days, the American public was completely unaware of that fact, and the American people learned exactly how dangerous Iran’s possession of these weapons truly was once they read the reports from various news sources.
Of course, when it comes to the media, a single event can change the way that news is perceived throughout the entire world. Take, for example, the September 11th Terrorist attack. Immediately following that terrible event, people were glued to their television sets, absorbing every last bit of information they could get their hands on, much of which turned out to be completely false. While many Americans reported seeing the aircraft fly into the World Trade Center from nearby airports, it later came out that the entire scene was actually being covered up by tall buildings. Even though the event itself was very important, the way that the news media handled the information was highly irresponsible.
All of the above examples serve to illustrate how quickly today’s news changes. While it is important for Americans to remember the importance of staying informed, the speed at which information changes can often cause us to make bad decisions based upon incomplete information. As such, it is important that Americans keep up with the news as it occurs, but it is also equally important for Americans to remember that the opinions that they express while expressing that news can have long-lasting impacts on how the rest of the world views them. So, rather than simply react to what the media has to say, it is important that Americans do more than simply react to what is said, but think about what those people are saying as well. This will, in turn, give Americans a better understanding of the world around them and how it is changing day in and day out.