On Saturday, Hubbie and I watched a film, The Post at Barbican Centre.
And the first thing I did as soon as I got home was to take out a subscription to The New York Times.
Why do I pay for a paper, especially a foreign one?
The film was about the Nixon Administration and the Vietnam War, but it also reminded me about the present Trump Administration.
Nowadays, we are awash with information of all sorts from multiple sources and the majority of those materials are free. Most of us, including me, find them handy and feel benefitted by the “freebies”.
However, is it really healthy to expect everything to be free? Especially news? The film has started me thinking.
Is it because so-called news are broadcasted or fed through Twitter or Instagram immediately, they are more valuable? Is it because they are unchecked and raw, they are honest?
The relationship between the media and its audience is changing.
While the speed of the news reaching us is shortened dramatically, thanks to the internet, the quality of the news can not be acclaim the same because there is never enough time for the materials to be scrutinised deeply.
Some bits and bobs floating in he media are light-weight and can be passed over our heads without too much fuss. But some issues are not to be dismissed or fobbed off too easily.
That is why we do need investigative journalism.
By subscribing to The New York Times, I am supporting freedom of speech and independent press.
“The pen is mightier than the sword” is a famous saying by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and I always support those warriors with pens who fight against tyrants!
Kaori by Kaori Okumura