With less than one week until Christmas, local schools around the state are dealing with a big school shortage. This is because the state’s education system as estimated by the state Board of Education has already received forty million dollars. Much of that money has been set aside for this upcoming holiday season and will not be available until next year, according to officials. That means millions more people will have less access to the news and entertainment that they so dearly need this time of year. So what is going on?
Well, first and foremost, the news media just does not seem to have any interest in health or education these days. The three major networks dedicated to health care are canceling their evening news broadcasts. All three major networks now claim to offer “up to date” news. And that may be true, but there is nothing new in the news today! Sure the World Series is happening again and the NBA playoffs are underway. But there has been virtually no coverage about health and education in the past week.
So what is this all about? Well, the answer is that local media outlets simply do not want to cover health and education. Considering that state and local tax rates are high, the loss of revenue could mean the end of newspapers, television stations and radio stations. Even the state universities in Connecticut are considering shutting down or reducing their online presence.
Health and education news stories have always been a vital part of a journalist’s job. A good reporter is someone who understands how to use the latest technology to find out the latest information. They know how to interpret figures and data. They understand how to relay this information in a clear and concise way that the average person can understand. The ability to connect with the public is also important.
But that is no longer the case. Current events are rarely interesting or newsworthy when they become news. Whether you are discussing the recent elections or the recent natural disaster, the public hardly notices. They are usually only noticed when something dramatic and newsworthy happens. When something happens that is relatively routine – like a new drug or health breakthrough – it becomes newsworthy when a politician makes a news announcement or an ordinary person learns about something unusual.
When the recent news stories were about the missing girls in two different societies – North and South Africa – it became newsworthy because it was about a missing girl. Everyone connected with the missing girl found out that she had been in a very bad situation. There were rumors and innuendos everywhere. But when a woman was able to be reunited with her long-lost brother, it changed everything.
We can say that the news today has become gilgamesh. There is no longer anything that is not newsworthy, especially if it involves someone’s life. Even a fairly mundane event can now become news. Take the recent case of Prince Gilgamesh, who is the king of Ugarit and is the father of Ishmael, the last princess of Babylon. During the rule of his late father, Gilgamesh had a great deal of success as king of Ugarit, but the people of Babylon began gossiping about how old he was and about his decadent lifestyle, so he decided to marry his youngest sister, Shimshar.
The point is that the gilgush has become newsworthy because it is news. It is not necessarily a story that is important enough to warrant extensive reporting, but it has news value. In some ways, the gilgush is a symptom of our inability to socialize with one another. Today, we are far removed from the gillgashes of yesteryear, so it is with our language that we have lost the ability to socialize.