Blaming the Media for Our Ignorance?

Sometimes when students tell me they don’t know about this or that, I am pretty quick to point the finger at their personal ignorance and lack of initiative to find out more about the world around them given the wide range of media sources easily accessible by them.

But, is it really their fault?

This study desperately tries to make a point that national (American) media coverage deliberately glosses over presumably important news like ‘ocean acidification’ in favor of entertainment gossip surrounding the Kardashians.

Infographic from Media Matters for America

Do you think the contrast drawn is a fair one? Would you blame the media for your ignorance on certain key issues? Do you think people in Singapore suffer a similar fate given the type of media coverage we’re exposed to? 

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