We all know that media is everywhere. We say it to each other on an almost daily basis. We get “news” on our televisions, on our car radios, our computers, our smart phones, our tablets, in our email (thank you Voice of San Diego), and even through outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Just recently I read online that a hot air balloon “crashed” a San Diego wedding; Filner and Bustamante are working on border wait times (thanks, again, Voice of San Diego); and that there are new water quality concerns in San Diego County.
On one hand, we love being able to find out a lot of information about a lot of topics. And, the truth is, I do feel better informed about my community and about the world today than I used to. That is part of the allure of it all. There are so many ways to find out about so many things, so quickly — here in San Diego, and around the entire world — that it is a wonder that any story slips past us at all. We get everything, it seems.
But perhaps we are missing something. Or more insidiously, maybe the story we really need to see is out there — on multiple platforms, and in several places — and we just haven’t noticed. Amid the clamor of stories competing for our attention, how can we be at all confident that the right ones, the ones that really matter for us, are the ones we will come to notice?
Certainly this is not an entirely new problem. The issue of minority positions and minority “voices” going unheard or unheeded has a long history.
Still, things have also changed.