In the US, however, your standard run-of-the-mill news sources are very limited and constrained to the most trivial aspects of the news day. Local news, particularly in the mornings, covers weather and traffic for nearly 80% of the news hour. The national networks aren't any better. I follow the news just about every day, but find myself having to actively seek out information about the world that the media simply doesn't cover.
To illustrate my point, here's a quick quiz to see if your news sources are doing a decent job of keeping you up to date with what's going on in the world.
- Who is Omar al-Bashir?
- Where is the Swat province?
- Who is Sheikh Sharif Ahmed?
- Who is the President of Zimbabwe?
- Where is Antananarivo?
- What kind of natural disaster is claiming lives in Australia?
- What country's Prime Minister stormed off in the middle of the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland?
- Which two countries have stationed troops at the Saichen glacier, making it the "fastest melting glacier"?
- After ousting the Tamil Tigers from a city they held for 10 years, what country's president urged the rebels to surrender?
- What terrorist attack conducted by the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba is colloquially referred to as 26/11?