A. To make conversation.
Please Note: All that said below holds true for the majority, there were, there are and there always will be exceptions.
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Most people make news sound so important. They read the newspapers page to page first thing every morning. (Even I try to read the paper every morning. It’s a different story that I can seldom go beyond the first page and often the first half.) They watch the evening news dutifully when they come back from work. They read about earthquakes and rapes, thefts and deaths, politicians and education, prices and weather, celebrities and brands, sports and innovations, wars and the need for peace, social issues and economic issues, movies and horoscopes, scientists and terrorists, trends and traditions, the “who is who” of town and the “who is no one” of town.
There are also those of us who don’t read or know any of the above and yet make news seem so significant. The kinds who don’t stop complaining about the government’s inefficiency and go on talking about how unsafe the city has become for women and children. And then there are those who’ll be hell bent on one particular issue and will make everyone’s lives miserable by talking about it non stop, everywhere, letting their opinions flow like excreta all over.
Agreed it(news) makes them aware individuals and gives them relevant information about contemporary affairs. So they read all of this and make themselves feel aware. After all in today’s world ignorance is no longer bliss. They know the happening’s not just in their cities/towns but world over and can write essays on what problem which part of the world is facing and who is responsible for the same. My question is- then what?
What is the use of that awareness, when all you’re going to do is sit tight or worse add to the mess? Most of us barely have the time to clear our own mess leave alone helping the rest.
So, according to me the most logical explanation for this is, people read newspapers in order to make conversation with others. If people don’t read news, what will they talk about when they’re bored at work or when they want to talk politics or when they invite people over for dinner and don’t know what to say to them? How will they ask “did you read about the earthquake in Indonesia, yesterday?” doesn’t matter if they have no idea where Indonesia is! They should know there was an earthquake that occurred there. It’s awareness.