ACT Writing: News Keep People Moving
Television news shows are dramatic and interesting. Watching them is pleasant and does not require the effort of reading. If television did not cover the news, some people would know nothing about what is going on in the world.
However, television newscasters cover only the events that they have time for, and they prefer stories that include some dramatic pictures. Viewers are quickly bored with reporters who sit and talk into the camera. As a result, a complicated story is often cut short.
Newspapers and magazines do a better job of explaining complex events. They can include details, and a person with a special interest can take the time to read them. Others can stick to the headlines.
Reading allows more freedom of choice than television. The TV audience cannot decide which stories to watch. In broadcasting, “one size fits all” However, a person who reads newspapers and magazines can choose to spend time on business, sports, health, or the school board election, depending on special interests.
Television provides a useful glance at what's happening. However, a person who has individual interests and who wants the whole story needs newspapers and magazines as well.