Modernity is marked by technology and the pace of life seems to be ever increasing. Together, these two factors have changed the media drastically. Information is flooding homes through televisions, workplaces through computers, and pockets through cell phones. It is pouring into peoples’ heads faster than they can possibly process it. The difficulty of the news used to be the sparse mechanisms of information and the single-view points they articulated. Now, however, the news surrounds society. Indeed, it can be hard to ignore. Now, the difficulty is not whether the news reaches you, but which information you choose to fish out of the information sea swirling at your feet. But, it’s hard to know how to filter information in a world where the media outlets are seemingly inexhaustible. What is real? What is right? What is wrong? What matters?
The twenty-four hour, multiple-front battle today’s news media is waging is not easy to fight through. Many outlets see a consumer and cater their news accordingly. Others are simply not reputable. In any case, the age of excessive information puts the reader, or the viewer, or the person receiving the broadcasts in a new and interesting position. In quantities unlike ever before, a consumer of information now has to take some time and decide what amongst the endless news they deem meaningful and true. At a glance, this appears to be taxing and unfortunate for the viewer, but a slightly deeper look shows that this opens new doors as well. With a little diligence and thoughtfulness, a person can now set up their own media filters. The news model of today can be personalized to previously unimagined levels, allowing for newfound levels of knowledge.
With a little bit of effort, what appears to be an over abundance of news can in fact allow a person more real, legitimate information than ever. All people have to do is take the time to make it work for themselves.