A Raider’s View - Keeping up with the media, what really matters today?
It’s been a few weeks since the March For Our Lives (MFOL) rally that halted the nation and forced everyone to think carefully about gun control, though it has been lacking in the news after the fact.
Noticing the decline in popularity of mass media can be a direct result of something “new” happening, making what is happening now obsolete. The only thing about that is it fades reality from the media.
Instead of worrying about what the hot, new clothing line is, we as students need to be mindful and acknowledge the fact that things do not stop happening just because we do not see them in the media. Things do not stop mattering just because they stop being the first thing we see on our Facebook and Twitter timelines.
Emma Gonzales, however, has participated in various interviews where she remains in the spotlight to talk about the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and how her life and others’ changed and why activism matters. However none of those stories show up on the front page of Bing or Yahoo unless you look for them.
Therefore, it has been placed onto us to take a moment of our time to keep up with the media to make sure important media like the attack in Florida and the fact that Flint, Mich., has been without water for over three years. But recently Michigan is allowing Nestle to pump more water out of the state’s reserve and extend into California. Things like these need to be consistently exposed to keep the important things in the light of media instead of pushed into the darkness of yesterday’s news.