News Programs and the Common Man
The first news broadcast was done by Kolin Hager on May 10, 1928. He read farm and weather reports at WGY in Schenectady, NY and the pictures and sound were completely synchronized. The broadcast was done twice a day, three times weekly. Today there are dozens of news broadcasts airing several times a day, 7 days a week. Televised news programs have been a part of our society for almost a century; however the audience has changed over the years. Only the wealthiest people could afford televisions when Kolin Hager did the first news program so many years ago. In 2010, 99% of American households own televisions. The common man now has the opportunity to watch televised news programs that allow him a window into local, state and federal issues. In 1928, the news discussed farm and weather reports; today, news programs cover business news, politics, traffic, public announcements, entertainment and a wide array of other topics. With all of the subjects discussed on a news program, Are televised news programs relevant to the lives of the common man? I personally feel that televised news programs can bring a wealth of information to the common man; however some of the information provided on news programs has no significance to his daily life. First, what issues do televised news programs discuss that affect the relevancy of the common man’s life? Politics, whether local, state, or federal, they all have a direct influence on the life of the common man. Election coverage, a bill being introduced to senate for becoming a law, the country’s current economic status, and the country’s involvement in current issues ;(e.g.) social security, health reform, and the war on terrorism. Weather. Meteorologists on news programs reports both local and regional forecasts. This allows the common man to make the decision on how to dress or prepare accordingly. Traffic Reports. Whether an individual takes public transportation or drives; the traffic...
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