Please, Just the facts, ma’am

Have we, as a society, become so hopelessly addicted to being constantly entertained that we must be entertained even by news?

Is it just me or has TV news become entertainment? It has previews of the news, advertisements for the news and newscasters have become pseudo-celebrities.

Televised news presents a little fact with a lot of speculation, banter and the personal views of the newscasters. On at least one channel, the weather forecast comes generously sprinkled with a photo contest and birthday wishes for B.C.’s centenarians.

As for sportscasts, we get to know far more than we need to, from players’ eating habits to marital status. Sports scores and a few highlights are all we really need.

Have we, as a society, become so hopelessly addicted to being constantly entertained that we must be entertained even by news?

 

Jon Christensen, Surrey

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