It is 9:30 AM on a Sunday morning, and I’m browsing the internet for my regular weekend dose of interesting articles by interesting people.
After catching up on the world news – including Greece’s struggle to stay in the Eurozone, China’s shaky stock exchange, the huge Social Security Number hack that is making too many Americans uneasy, I decided to do a little search of literature written about the current state of the American media.
I started with an article in the Atlantic Magazine by Conor Friedersdorf, titled: “Why Does the American Media Get Big Stories Wrong?” Unsurprisingly, it covered why – due to limited budgets, the lack of watchdog journalism (ie. fact-checking statements by public officials), questionable business incentives, and inadequate coordination of coverage between media officials – TV is just not a reliable medium of information; “if you want better journalism, turn off the TV and start reading.”
Okay, well that’s not new information. American TV networks have reduced the number of their foreign bureaus by half in the recent years (covering news on the Kardashians is cheaper.) In truth, Americans basically just hear about the U.S., Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and China. But surely, many of us would like to claim having a broader world view, would we not?
Alright, so if the problem is that we are not reading enough, I began investigating America’s top magazines and journals. Within a few moments, I came across a title: “Stunning: Comparing U.S. & World Covers for TIME Magazine.”
The article was barely an article (with fewer than 200 words), but the images on the page were truly “stunning.”
“Each week, TIME Magazine designs covers for four markets: the U.S., Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. Often, America’s cover is quite, well – different.” See for yourself.
I mean, is it just me, or do these TIME Magazine covers make it seem like Americans are just disinterested in the rest of the world? I mean, how can we begin to look at the state of foreign diplomacy when American citizens have no clue what lies outside its borders.
…some may say these images reveals the sad state of American Journalism. But, I would say it reveals more about Americans and than just our journalism.