One example of this was news presented through online games - something which did not personally spark my interest as I do not play video games, computer games or anything of the sort. I took notes, however, and over the past few days I have been thinking of pros and cons of this method, which I thought I would log below:
Pros of using gaming as a news platform:
- Those who may not previously have bothered to expose themselves to news could learn more about the world and current events through this medium
- Children like to play games, and in my opinion should not be ignorant of world news, so weekly or monthly 'Current Events Games' through news websites which parents could allow their children to play in order to catch them up
- In my personal opinion, breaking certain news items down to this form could be seen as trivialising events, along with the possibility of leaving out major details due to the desire to create a more 'playable' or enjoyable game
- Even if all relevant and important details are included, there is no way of guaranteeing that those participating in such games would take the time to read, process and retain said information
- Video and computer games are notoriously distracting, and also addictive - news, in my opinion, should be presented in a manner which allows or full concentration of its recipients, and the ability to walk away from a newscast, article or blast after an appropriate (see: relatively short) period of time, thus allowing them not only to process the information, but put their own spin on events & present them either to friends, family, social networking, blogs, etc
- If we want to present news to children, I see nothing wrong with including a 'current affairs' class in primary school classrooms, say once a week. I went to primary school in England and in year 4 my teacher was very well travelled, and passionate about helping educate children to become conscientious citizens rather than just kids who knew their 7x tables - I remember once a week or so we would discuss events such as 9/11, what wars meant and where they were occurring in the world, who was in parliament and brief introductions as to what each party stood for, etc, and it's stuck with me for many, many years after.
- Somewhat '1984'-esque, but since we are constantly and consistently bombarded with advertisements for Coca Cola, ribbed condoms (for HIS pleasure, of course), any and everything Disney, etc, why not have occasional 'flash news' segments on the television and radio, even Facebook & Twitter, reminding people of what's going on in the world and giving links to resources available if one would like to conduct further investigation on the matter? Billboards are so full of airbrushed Victoria's Secret models and angry, Nordic looking men informing me that certain types of ice cream 'MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF MAN NUTS' (because that's just what we all need on a hot summer's eve, right?), you'd think we'd find a small space within our crowded consumer culture to actually educate people as to what's going on in the world!
- Speaking of consumer culture - Coke cans, chocolate bars & even alcohol bottles are produced at such a rapid rate, why not print news headlines on them? Instead of 'Share a coke with your bro', why not print 'Kony 2012' across people's beverages?