Read More Than the Bold Print

This morning I read an article on the Bay Area Reporter’s site which serves as an example of why we must read news and historical accounts carefully.  The article in question concerns LGBT history, and there are many gray areas challenging the optimistic sounding intro.

If someone reads only the bold print and first sentence of this item, that person may believe the United Kingdom has been way ahead of the United States on gay men’s rights consistently for fifty years.  It isn’t that simple, though.

I suspect people who read carefully have always been in the minority.  That has gotten worse with electronic media, though.  Sitting at a computer can make the user eager to click to the next item, and online news editors know that.  News reporting has been adjusted to accommodate an impatient public.

You may think you have no time for quality reading, but look closely at your daily routine before making that claim.  For every minute you’re saving by skimming an online news story, there’s a chance you’ve squandered ten minutes or more on game or gossip sites.

Electronic devices are addictive, and addictions move us in a dumb direction.  If anyone is “addicted” to Encyclopædia Britannica’s app, that person is unique.

Self-discipline is required, and we can only hope some of us can overcome the shortcuts that go hand-in-hand with having a screen available wherever we go.

Here’s a link to the Bay Area Reporter story which absolutely must be read thoroughly if you want to know what’s going on:

http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=72830a

 

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