Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I heard it from CBS

What does credibility mean to you? Well, google defines credibility as the quality of being trusted and believed in. There are several interpretations to this word, but I'd like to focus on the importance of credibility in the news, pertaining to journalists, news casters, and especially talk show hosts.

The past several weeks, there has been a lot of talk about the news reporter/television host Bill O'Reilly, and that over the course of many years, he had been building up a story that has recently been proven false. He had made up accounts of being at a war zone in the Falklands, and that he had also heroically saved his camera man while escaping.
Starting on 1:56 and ending at 2:44, that section from the video above explains and shows Bill O'Reilly telling his fallacies on live television. The women who speaks at the end of the clip brings up the most important point: we rely on certain talk shows and news stations to obtain our information, but now its obvious and relevant that we shouldn't believe everything we are told. We must become more critical of the information we obtain, and importantly, where it is coming from.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Its on us

President Barack Obama made a very special appearance at the Grammys tonight. His eloquent speech addressed that "its on us" to change how we treat each other, and how our generation has the power to spread the awareness of domestic abuse, especially through the means of music.

It was mentioned several times, throughout the show, how important the impact of music has on people, and its ability to change someone's life. Last year at the Grammys, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed the song "Same Love," as Queen Latifa stood as a temporary commissioner to marry 33 couples of varying ages and sexual orientations. They made an incredible statement that night, showing that we should accept everyone, and the choices they make with their life.

This year, after President Obama spoke, a woman who was a victim of domestic abuse spoke bravely of her traumas, and following this was an enrapturing performance by Katy Perry. At the end of Obama's speech, he asked the artists to spread his message, and I felt this was a very smart choice. Targeting music artists who have a significant impact on our culture in this society, and the power and the ability to send positive messages out to their listeners, expands his message world wide.

I was really pleased to see such a huge, widely watched program like the Grammys, to address such relevant issues going on in our country. It means people are actually paying attention.