The other day it occurred to me that I hadn’t sat down and watched a live news broadcast in over a month. Not one. That’s really scary. It’s not scary that I specifically hadn’t watched any news broadcasts in about a month, it’s scary because that means a majority of other college students also hadn’t sat down and consumed any news. For example, I overheard a conversation the other day of two adult employees that work for Illinois State. They were talking about the situation that’s currently going on in Syria. They were saying how the average college kid has either no idea that there’s anything going on in Syria, or that they know very little about the situation. I would also throw myself in this category as I don’t know much about the situation that’s taking place there, either. One of the people that I overheard in the conversation said that someone in one of her classes thought Syria was a kind of food, (as far as I know it is not.) I think this really represents a looming problem with my age demographic because we don’t know what’s going on anywhere outside of where we are right now. If we do know about something outside of what is right in front of us, it’s because we’re very interested in the topic at hand. It could be music, movies, video games, just about anything. None of those things listed are foreign affair problems. I think to the average college student foreign affair problems are very much on the back burner of their interests, even if it greatly impacts our country’s future. I’m not really sure what the answer to this is, how do we get people my age to really take notice of problems bigger than themselves. I think shows like the Colbert Report, (no longer a show) did an okay job of it because it made the news interesting. I think the standard nightly news format is boring to a lot of college kids. Make the news interesting.
Aaron Joseph Boma 2012 DTHS Graduate and ISU Senior