Make good de­ci­sions based on what you hear

Jamaica Gleaner - - FEATURE - WITH MAAS GUSSIE

HELLO, MI neigh­bour! Whether good, bad, ex­cit­ing or scary, news comes to us via var­i­ous me­dia: ra­dio, tele­vi­sion, news­pa­pers, magazines, etc. News is in the mu­sic. It’s on the lips of the man in the street and the neigh­bours next door. Tele­phone con­ver­sa­tions and so­cial me­dia are also chan­nels through which our news flows.

News is watched in real time as it hap­pens around the world. So cre­ative are the me­dia in dis­pens­ing news that the blind, deaf, dumb and il­lit­er­ate are abreast of global happenings.

Some per­sons be­lieve that if the news is not car­ried by main­stream me­dia, it is fake. Not so, even though one must admit that there are many fake sto­ries on the more than 60 so­cial net­work­ing sites. Truth is, the world has changed, and some of the strangest things that we see on so­cial me­dia are ac­tu­ally happening, as un­be­liev­able as they may ap­pear. Check it.

As time changes, peo­ple have be­come so fas­ci­nated with see­ing them­selves in the me­dia (so­cial and tra­di­tional) that they will grasp at al­most any­thing to sat­isfy this de­sire. Once a cam­era is at the scene of a demon­stra­tion, ‘demon­stra­tion crash­ers’ turn up bear­ing plac­ards, whether or not they sup­port the cause, and then later watch them­selves on the news. And it goes even fur­ther! My un­der­stand­ing is that of­ten­times, cit­i­zens who ap­proach some me­dia houses to voice a griev­ance for pub­lic at­ten­tion are en­cour­aged by these en­ti­ties to stage pub­lic demon­stra­tions to strengthen their case for quick ac­tion. What is not said, how­ever, is that clips from these demon­stra­tions re­ally serve to en­hance their news prod­uct and the bot­tom line. For­give my di­gres­sion.

PER­SONAL SE­CU­RITY A MA­JOR CON­CERN

Be­cause news is ev­ery­where, no one should be ig­no­rant of the rapid changes tak­ing place glob­ally. Through the me­dia, we are in­formed that the world is a very un­safe place, and per­sonal se­cu­rity has be­come a ma­jor con­cern for many. How, why, when and where we travel by air, land or sea must be se­ri­ously con­sid­ered as news about trans­porta­tion and des­ti­na­tions be­come more star­tling.

So, what do we do in a world where bad news is ‘man­u­fac­tured’ by the minute? Cre­ate good news. Wher­ever you go, de­spite the sit­u­a­tion, be­lieve that you can make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence with the help of the Almighty, and take ac­tion!

Be in­spired by this news: “An off-duty police of­fi­cer saved a baby’s life af­ter he stopped breath­ing in­side his mother’s car. Deputy Jeremie Nix was in his police cruiser driv­ing on South­east Lake Weir and 17th Street in Ocala, Florida, when a wo­man flagged him down. When he saw the un­re­spon­sive boy, deputy Nix sprung to ac­tion, kneel­ing on the ground to ad­min­is­ter CPR and other treat­ment to the three-month-old.” The child is alive to­day!

So here’s the deal: Lis­ten to the news, and make good de­ci­sions based on what you hear. And re­mem­ber to reach out to some­one from list below with good news. Thanks to neigh­bours • Neigh­bour, St Andrew – for fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion.

• Neigh­bour, St Andrew – for bed

• Rema, St Andrew – for do­na­tion. •

Kar­lene, St Andrew – for do­na­tion.

Op­por­tu­ni­ties to help

• Mr Johnson, St El­iz­a­beth – Ask­ing for a mat­tress. •

Neigh­bour – Ask­ing neigh­bour for a ta­ble. •

Eve­lyn, Claren­don – Ask­ing neigh­bours for a sec­ond-hand lap­top. •

Bro Bar­rett, Manchester – se­nior cit­i­zen needs as­sis­tance to pur­chase med­i­ca­tion.

Whether good, bad, ex­cit­ing or scary, news comes to us via var­i­ous me­dia.

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