Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Are we going to rely on Wazzup Wazzup for news soon?

Ooh wow. Actually, I have read similar trends before -- even sharing them before with my colleagues at the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility -- but everytime something like this comes out, I always get surprised. Hmm... better yet, make that flabbergasted.

When applied locally, it's like having the most informed Filipinos relying on Wazzup Wazzup for news and information. Just to make sure, should we now start calling Toni Gonzaga the next Korina Sanchez or Mel Tiangco? Or is Vhong Navarro the new Mike Enriquez?

From Media Channel

Best-Informed Also View Fake News, Study Says

Americans may have more news outlets today than two decades ago, but they still don’t know much more about current events than they did then, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

But here’s one big difference: the survey respondents who seemed to know the most about what’s going on — who were able to identify major public figures, for example — were likely to be viewers of fake news programs like Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report”; those who knew the least watched network morning news programs, Fox News or local television news.

Only 69 percent of of people in the latest survey could come up with Dick Cheney when asked to name the vice president; in 1989, 74 percent could name Dan Quayle. Fewer could name the governor of their state (66 percent now compared with 74 percent in 1989) and fewer could name the president of Russia (36 percent now compared with 47 percent before).

In 1989, fully 81 percent of people knew that the United States had a trade deficit; today, only 68 percent knew.

The survey found that education was the best predictor of who would do well on the questions. “However,” it said, “despite the fact that education levels have risen dramatically over the past 20 years, public knowledge has not increased accordingly.” About 27 percent of Americans are college graduates.

Read more here.


Pao said...

Reagrding Wazzup Wazzup, I really hope not Bryant. Many people that I know resort to this show because they believe that seeing the real news and opening their eyes to what is really happening is depressing. Yes, it is depressing. Often, they make your blood rush to your head. But it is not an excuse not to know them.

Apathy is not something that we need today. Concern and connection may be what we need.

That is one probel that I see in the country. We do not develop and get out of the shadows of the third world because Filipinos do not love Philippines. Filipinos only live in the Philippines. But they are too apprehensive and apathetic to give something back to the country.

Thus, they resort to Wazzup Wazzup, and look up to Toni Gonzaga and Vhong Navarro as their heroes. As for Archie (the other guy), I'm sorry, but you are not as influential as the other two.

jeniffer said...

sa tingin ko di dapat magrely sila sa wazz up wazz up.. grabe naman!! dapat yung di kalibreng balita tulad ng TV PATROL, 24 oras.. CNN NEWS mga gnun.. parang ginagawa lang nilang joke yung balita, pero minsan pang wala lang ng sama ng loob yung panonood ng wazz up 2x kasi nga naman masyado na tayong nahaharangan ng masasamang balita sa news.. but hopefully wag naman..

bryant said...

@ pao

thank for that insightful comment. i feel that there are still a lot of Filipinos out there, like you, that share the same sentiments.

@ jeniffer

thanks for your comment as well.

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