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View Poll Results: The World forum is better than the news media for learning and getting to know the World very well,
Yes 19 38.00%
No 20 40.00%
Both are equally good and I have the same preference. 5 10.00%
Undecided/I am not sure. 6 12.00%
Voters: 50. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-03-2013, 02:57 PM
 
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Do you agree with me? I am sure a lot of people are going to agree.

I believe the World related forums is becoming superior, better, and more informative for good news than the actual news media, at least in USA.

The World forums on this website is so important and empowering for the people that post on these forums. There is a wealth of information and exciting opinions for a wide variation of topics.

I got to know the World very well and learning a lot about the world on this website in the World, Europe, Asia forums.




The news media in television/tv+some other forms of media became so corrupted, delusional, trashy, low quality, too much about bad news, a severe deficiency in good news, and just very limited. This is very accurate at least for CNN, Aol news, Yahoo news, Fox news, and some newspapers.

A growing amount of Americans in recent times have similar opinions and some even started to ban watching tv news media. If you are one of those Americans, please post in this topic for some additional opinions.

Maybe the news media is different in some other countries, and shows another situation. However, based on some other people’s opinions that I noticed, the tv news media is also going downhill in Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Mexico, Italy and following the same pattern as in USA.

I remember BCC news being so much better than CNN, more informative for news, and showing some more good news. Some people tell me even BCC is showing a decline, but not nearly as severe as CNN.

The countries that probably have the best conventional news media in current times is Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, Austria, Switzerland, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Singapore. The news media in those countries might be in a better situation, and showing a different story compared to the countries where conventional news media became a failure and disaster.

People do say the news media is relatively more optimistic, exciting, informative, sophisticated, intellectual, and overall better news in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, Austria, Switzerland, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Singapore.

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Old 05-04-2013, 11:43 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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I watch CNN.

I learn alot about the world from both this forum and CNN.

Both have there ups and downs
World forum gets a little biased at times, CNN focuses alot on US and Canada which is cool but i already know plenty about both countries.
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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not so much, I heard that 95% of all these posts are generated by rooms full of hardened criminals locked up in 2 ultra-max facilities in California and Ohio, very little to be learned about "Irish" or "Argentinian" people here.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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BBC news and Reuters are the only ones I trust to be honest.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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Better than conventional newspapers/magazines? Definitely not. 99% of the posts end up in an awkward discussion whether the USA are superior/inferior to other countries/continents/economic unions.

I get my infos on what's happening in the world from a local daily newspaper (Die Presse), political blogs (andreas-unterberger.at and neuwal.com), some webpages (FAZ, Spiegel, CNN) and magazines (I enjoy Foreign Affairs and Wired). It's basically a mix of conservative and liberal news sources.

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People do say the news media is relatively more optimistic, exciting, informative, sophisticated, intellectual, and overall better news in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, Austria, Switzerland, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Singapore.
We have so many crappy newspapers here... Kronen Zeitung (average daily readership ~3 million, more than 40% of all newspaper readers), Österreich, Heute, ... Germany has the Bild. It's a shame...
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:05 PM
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Compared to the news media, this is probably the best place because there are many people that are truly knowledgeable of the situation, in whatever form, in various countries (some are even from those countries or are married to someone from there or have been there enough times to be familiar with the place and their culture. They are able to give you the point of view of an insider about certain topics, which is important and very hard to get in the news media.)

But this doesn't mean that this forum is the best source for information. There are many trolls around here and many people that don't know much, but want to dominate several topics in order to push their agendas. You need to learn how to sift through all the information that is presented here and learn to distinguish unbiased factual information from biased information that have an ulterior motive or are part of an agenda.

But again, compared to the news media, you are better off asking a question here and let people that know the area of your concern give you their opinion (with a troll or two meddling in, lol.)

The only thing the news media is good for is to sell advertising space, which is why they sensationalize so much and many times don't care if they are creating false stereotypes. Whatever increases their ratings is good enough for them. Sad but true.

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Old 05-04-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Everything is better than the news media. The news media is simply the mouthpiece for Big Brother, and its principle function is to make money while obstructing people's access to world reality.

How long has it been since you have heard any of the following words on the evening news:

Paraguay. Benin. Laos.

In the past 24 hour news cycle, can you, off the top of your head, tell me one thing you have learned about The World that enhanced your understanding of it? You could have picked u p the phone and dialed a random number, and asked whomever answered "Please tell me something about the world that you think I might not already know", and you would probably increase your world knowledge more than if you had watched a whole hour of network news.
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:48 PM
 
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I watch CNN.

I learn alot about the world from both this forum and CNN.

Both have there ups and downs
World forum gets a little biased at times, CNN focuses alot on US and Canada which is cool but i already know plenty about both countries.
From my experience, CD: city-data World forums is superior, and infinitely better than CNN, one of the best places for learning and getting to know the world very well. People that know these forums well are very fortunate to find such a valuable source of entertainment and wealth of information for a variation of topics. This makes perfect sense and no wonder I have 1,000 posts in the World, Europe, Asia forums in the past 3 years.


I don’t watch CNN anymore and 95% of CNN news channel mostly became garbage for plenty of reasons. I can’t even begin to describe CNN’s current flaws and endless repetitive bad news, delusions, corruption, and severe lack of anything informative.

Around 5 years+ ago, this was not the same situation, so I am not sure why CNN news channel experienced such a rapid decline for almost everything it tries to show in “news.” I notice a similar pattern for most other forms of news media in USA. However, there might be some exceptions that I would like to know more about.


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BBC news and Reuters are the only ones I trust to be honest.
BBC was always better than CNN and I hope BBC is continuing to be relatively similar compared to 5 to 10 years ago and not having a decline compared to CNN.
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:54 PM
 
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Better than conventional newspapers/magazines? Definitely not. 99% of the posts end up in an awkward discussion whether the USA are superior/inferior to other countries/continents/economic unions.

I get my infos on what's happening in the world from a local daily newspaper (Die Presse), political blogs (andreas-unterberger.at and neuwal.com), some webpages (FAZ, Spiegel, CNN) and magazines (I enjoy Foreign Affairs and Wired). It's basically a mix of conservative and liberal news sources.

We have so many crappy newspapers here... Kronen Zeitung (average daily readership ~3 million, more than 40% of all newspaper readers), Österreich, Heute, ... Germany has the Bild. It's a shame...
Well, Austria objectively has better news media overall compared to USA. You might have a change of opinions for this in USA.

This is such an exaggeration and very false to say 99% of CD world forums discussions are what you say and that is more just 2% that end up being in that way. If you don’t want to focus on those 2% of discussions just ignore it and focus on the 98% of posts and topics you prefer to see and read about more.

For one example, there is informative and positive opinions said about Austria in the Literature authors of the World topic, Undiscovered gems of Europe, and Hometown topic: Literature authors of the world

Undiscovered Gems of Europe (Cities not flooded with tourists)

What is your hometown like?


The people that get to know the World forums very well, realizing the best topics to focus on, having up the most informative posts, and navigating this website well would agree with me and they would have similar opinions for what I said in this topic.

The World forums on this website is so important and empowering for the people that post on these forums. There is a wealth of information and exciting opinions for a wide variation of topics. I got to know the World very well and learning a lot about the world on this website in the World, Europe, Asia forums.

People from all over the world post in the World forums and this is becoming very international over time. Posting in these forums is very interactive, exciting, and valuable use of time. Its so much better than just mindlessly staring at the television endlessly seeing bad news and not having any personal role in what is shown on the tv news media.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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This is such an exaggeration and very false to say 99% of CD world forums discussions are what you say and that is more just 2% that end up being in that way. If you don’t want to focus on those 2% of discussions just ignore it and focus on the 98% of posts and topics you prefer to see and read about more.
Yeah, I was exaggerating. The stupidity of the posts created on that day was just a bit overwhelming. I simply got tired of those country vs country type threads. The one on literature is pretty good, though, you are right.
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