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Opinion: Teens have to find truth beyond the noise

Isra Cheema, Mercy School Institute Modified: May 3, 2010 at 10:57 am •  Published: May 1, 2010
The news media has a dramatic impact on the world, offering facts and opinions on issues such as politics, religion and society. Adults seem to accept this, but what about the younger generation?

“Being young is not an excuse for ignorance,” said Kenna Griffin, an assistant professor of mass communications at Oklahoma City University.

People often think the younger generation is not interested in subjects such as news and politics, but that is not always true.

About 1 in 3 cell phone users in the United States receive news on their phones, according to a Pew Research Center poll. About 1 in 3 Internet users set their home pages to sites that include news.

The rise of electronic media may be taking the place of declining traditional media. But being aware of the news and media that surrounds you is a good way to gain knowledge and become better informed. Being aware of issues will allow you to form educated opinions, which helps you to learn more.