The Power of News – Understanding News As a Behavioral Process
News – the word has many meanings and it can mean a lot of things. For instance it can mean a report on an event, political situation, a new product, a birth, a crime, and even a death. Synonyms for news include hearsay, rumour, judgment, guess, rumor, intelligence, opinion, report, announcement, prediction, foresight, hindsight. You might wonder how anyone can make a living from writing up news and if it is even possible.
Well it is possible to make a living from writing up news but it also makes sense to understand the other meaning of the word. The word news is actually a synonym for information about human activity. This kind of information is interesting and is usually considered factual; however it can be used to make people feel certain or to justify certain actions or attitudes. It can sometimes have a manipulative effect on public opinion because journalists and commentators often present their point of view as being based on factual research. However there is more to the word than just reporting; especially now that it has been made public that many newspapers publish articles that are not really news but rather merely disguised advertisement of certain products.
Therefore we need to understand the two main uses of News in everyday life. The first of these is as a critical analysis tool. In this context it is normally intended to provide information about current events and other human interest topics. It should give readers the information they are looking for so that they can form their own opinions or beliefs. For example if there are a series of recent events that have been making the news, this will be an article about recent events. A news story is therefore more than just an event that has happened; it is a human interest story that is being reported on by a specific media outlet.
The second major use of News in our modern world is to make predictions about events that may take place in the future. This is another common feature of the news stories being distributed by the various media outlets. A good example of a news story that was predict is the 4 July break. This report was predicting the results of the European election. The breaking news story caused millions of people to change their voting preferences in the upcoming European elections. This was one of the largest voter shifts ever recorded.
So how does all of this make sense? To understand the role of News in our society, one needs to examine the different ways it can be used to influence human behavior. By using this simple framework we can see how the different news stories makes different people act. This makes news more of a psychological phenomenon than a purely physical one. This applies equally well to political leaders deciding to change their national policies and individuals making private decisions based on how public reaction to a particular event affects their personal impact.
In order to understand how the News makes a difference in our everyday lives we need to look at three different aspects of the News. The first is its general effect on society. The second is the impact it has on individuals and the third is the impact it has on groups or communities. By understanding these aspects we can begin to see how the News influences the way people live their lives.