"Unfortunately, the media tend to highlight what is sensational at the moment. Society would be better served if the media reported or focused more fully on events and trends that will ultimately have the most long- term significance."
The speaker asserts that rather than merely highlighting certain sensational events the media should provide complete coverage of more important events. While the speaker’s assertion has merit from a normative standpoint, in the final analysis I find this assertion indefensible.
However, for several reasons I find the media’s current trend toward highlights and the sensational to be justifiable. First, the world is becoming an increasingly eventful place; thus with each passing year it becomes a more onerous task for the media to attempt full news coverage. Second, we are becoming an increasingly busy society. The average U.S. worker spends nearly 60 hours per week at work now; and in most families both spouses work.