What is news?
It is an interesting question especially at a time immediately after the President spoke to the nation about Syria. Most of the nation, but not all, considered that was news. But frankly it was not to me. I was in chat on TUDiabetes and we were getting our news from a different perspective.
I called a local reporter friend and asked him to tell me what in his opinion news is. He offered this definition. News is something important that happens and which affects an individual that is reading or listening to it. So it could be that the divorce of a celebrity is news. Or it could be that the divorce of 100 celebrities is of no concern to the individual. The important things are that it is happened to or affected the individual and that it is personal to the reader, listener, watcher or participant of the event.
The other evening, an individual came into the TUDiabetes chat room. This individual reported that their blood sugar had been normal all day. The readings were something like 82, 103. 91, 89, 91, 84. To this individual these numbers were news. It met all the definitions for news and as I said when reported it did not matter that the world was battling terrorism, or that crops needed rain in the midwest, or that wildfires spread in the west, those things were sort of news, but the blood sugar was 100% news.
It may seem odd, but to a diabetic, news is likely different than for most other people in the world. Let’s take the fact that my friend mentioned above was so excited about the blood sugar. In their life, a wonderful blood sugar beat most other news in the world. So it might seem that news for people with a chronic illness is different than for other non-chronically ill people. I know in my life, with Rheumatoid Arthritis how my joints feel each day is the biggest news I encounter all day. Yet that will never be covered by the new media. Still it is the biggest news to me each day.
Suppose when you woke up a new crew followed you and reported the outcome each night at 11:00 PM. What might that news look like? Here is the same of mine: Rick woke up at 5:30 AM, he did his birthday greetings on TUDiabetes and so on, so forth.
No not very interesting, except to me perhaps. Yet it is news to others with similar experiences. That is where TUDiabetes in general and chat in particular comes in. News, reported in here, may not find an audience elsewhere but it is news here. Maybe not big news, but most people share the experiences. What I had for dinner may seem mundane, but it may also be big news to my fellow members.
A few days ago a person came into chat and their son was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. They did not care about the state of the world. They had one piece of news that mattered. They needed to make sense out of one event. This person found that their news resonated with other mothers, fathers, children and sufferers. There was one and only one piece of information that made news in that person’s life. It was difficult news. But it was the only news that mattered to that person that day. All the rest of the news that day was secondary.
It is doubtful most news is as traumatic to each of us each day. Still when you have such news where do you take it? Your spouse for certain, your family likely, but who are the experts you carry it too at 9:00 PM on Monday evening? When you need that expertise, the news is best told to other like-minded individuals. Thank goodness, you will find those diabetic individuals on TUDiabetes. On our web site, meaningful news is not isolated, it can be told and read about, and yes even discussed. TUDiabetes is our place for news. Be sure and tell yours in chat, discussions, and blogs. Also be sure and help others make sense of their news. TUDiabetes means that no diabetic need be isolated with their news ever again.