October 12, 2005

Adventures in reading the newspaper

Before this year, the most I ever read out of the newspaper was the comics, horoscopes, and ocassionaly a front page article that caught my eye. Now I find myself being much more aware of the news and events going on around me. Like Ashley, the editorial/opinion page was a foreign land to me.

First of all, I generally lean (ok, jump) to the liberal side, and I know the Trib usually reports with a conservative slant. Not to be used as an excuse, but this is one of the reasons why I avoided the newspaper. Basically, though, I didn't care. I was happy in my little igorance bubble, and I wanted to ignore the chain of events going on around me. If I've learned one thing thus far, it's that everything effects everyone.

Through the last three years, I've learned to form and share my own ideas, but I've also learned to open my mind to other views and experiences. For example, the reading of the newspaper. Like I said, I normally wouldn't read the paper, but I stepped out of my comfort zone (I know it's only the newspaper, but this whole experience is new to me) and read articles that I never have before. I didn't particularly enjoy the articles, but the experience was enjoyable enough.

Posted by KatherineLambert at October 12, 2005 05:37 PM

I definitely empathize with you Katie. Prior to taking this class, the paper (for me) was all about the comics, sales ads, and horoscopes.
However, in taking this class, I too have learned the importance of reading current events. As Dr. Jerz noted this morning, it's about opening up our minds beyond where we live and experiencing other places, stories, etc. I often feel better knowing that I'm breaching the boundaries around me.

Posted by: Bethany at October 12, 2005 11:14 PM
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