5 Reasons You’re Not Informed
and it has nothing to do with your education or intelligence.
Consuming one biased flavor of news media and considering yourself informed is akin to frequenting the same restaurant, eating the same dish, and calling yourself a food critic.
1. You’re married to the media.
You’re interested in news and politics so you dedicate hours (a generous estimate) to that one news station, read a couple of online news blogs with clickbait headlines, then share it. What you share happens to be what the media is dictating at that point in time. A week later you’re onto whatever is trending.
2. You never consider the source.
You enjoy and trust your sources but have no idea who owns them, who funds them, their parent or sister companies, other articles from their writers, their sources (in the rare event they cite them), their complicated agendas and often confuse news with opinion.
3. You lack context.
You like to share articles on humanitarian aid, cease-fires, no fly zones, war, geopolitics, regime change, the Middle East, terrorism, the UN, human rights, economics, US history, world history, war history, Republicans, and Democrats. However, never read a book, watched a documentary, did independent research, or studied any of the above topics in university. Where is the context?
3. You isolate yourself.
You unsubscribe or unfriend to anything or anyone that opposes your own views creating a cozy bubble equipped with a sweet echo chamber. Bonus points for labeling that source as [add overused slander here].
5. You lack time, motivation, and genuine interest.
Let’s face it. You spend more time watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians, playing Call Of Duty, deliberating on Fantasy Football, going out for drinks with friends, working, paying the bills, caring for your family, schooling, or other hobbies.
AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT! But, you’re still not informed.
The first step is admission
You’re ill-equipped to share or have an opinion of substance that wasn’t directly spoonfed for you to skwak off like a parrot to others. Your intentions may be benevolent but they say “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Acknowledging you’re not properly informed is the is the first step in becoming a well informed citizen. In the age of the internet there is no excuse for this. If you care to, go get informed.