Freakonomics & Why We Follow the News

I listen to NPR One regularly…probably daily. If you haven’t checked it out already, download it from your App store. It’s an audio app that streams NPR news and programs based on your interests. I hear newscast clips from the Boston area and programs from across the country. If you hear one you don’t like, you can skip it. It’s similar to Pandora in that way. To be honest though, I don’t think I’ve skipped anything before. It’s that good.

I stumbled upon an interesting Freakonomics Radio rebroadcast the other day, called  Why Do We Really Follow the News?

Do we follow the news because we find it entertaining? We enjoy following sports, music, arts, fashion, etc, in the news. I personally find the Today Show entertaining. That’s not really what the podcast is getting at though.

I would argue that following the news, particularly when it comes to politics and the community, is not about entertainment. We grow through connecting with others. We feel compassion for others. We want to be informed of what’s going on down the street from us, and across the world from us, because it matters to us. When we’re more informed, and when we can relate to others through news, we thrive together in our local, national, and global communities.

Listen to the episode and let me know what you think!