“Good” News vs. “Bad” News from this Week

Third Reflection for Core 1929

With every passing day, more and more news crowds our feeds on all sort of new spaces. Today, with this reflection, I bring forth examples of “good” news and “bad” new from this week, because, in our world, there are a variety of news sources, both good and bad in their ability to provide.

In the first article, Naomi Osaka: ‘I felt like I had to apologize’ after beating Serena Williams, it covers a broad spectrum of information in this article about the tournament in general to Osaka’s emotional state. Those not following the game would know very little about these events, especially when football is on the same night. Nevertheless, this article was able to address everything that happened very well, beginning with Osaka’s apology. The article goes into Osaka’s viewpoint during the initiation of the fan’s “boos”, leading her to apologize for defeating Williams. Little did Osaka know that the fan’s bad actions were not directed towards her, but towards the referee on duty. Through William’s altercation with the referee, the idea equality between men and women today is exemplified. With that, one can see how this one article was able to capture the essence of the entire game’s climax into a few paragraphs. Not only did it address Osaka’s emotional apology, but it also rose the awareness of the inequality between men and women in the athletic world today.

In proceeding to the second article, the 28 Pieces of Productivity Advice I Stole From Others That Made Me Successful, I found this article to be a less credible news source than most. This article was full of subjective findings that lead the author to be productive, but that does not mean that it will lead to everyone becoming productive. Not only are all these “tips” subjective, but they also have nothing to support them. They are all given based on the sole beliefs of the author. All the tips revolve around the theme of “Just read!” The whole article claims that through the purchasing and reading of books, one will be productive, but this may not be “productivity” for all. For some, maybe this route may cause more procrastination, in fact. This article leaves the reader wondering, “Is this really effective?” So, we have all these tips for productivity in life, but what proves that they really work. Although questions are raised, they cannot be answered through the article, leaving one with the question, “Will this work for anyone?”, thus leaving the reader unclear and subjective tips. I will have to say that this article is a clear “bad” one.

Coming back to today, we see that no matter when we are in time, the news is not always “up-to-date” itself. Full of gaps and hoping to inform, the media has a different form of presenting itself every day. It’s up to the reader to learn the differences between these “good” and “bad” articles to find the truth among the jumble presented to us.

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