We live in a world where the present means so much important to one and all, that knowing about the things that happen at this very moment, brings plenty of excitement and chill. Summing up all that is the “Current Affairs” bandwagon. We want to make an affair about nothing, and maybe that’s the reason why, the latest news, gossips, political changes, sports, environment, R&D, finance, markets, etc., are all brought under this broad perspective.
Why do we need an electrifying name? Why not this be termed as a present affair or call it just news?! It is this excitement we yearn for, that keeps us to be in the know, about happenings around the world. Thereby we need a name, a reference that portrays the same kind of thoughts, that adds a scintillating touch to what we want to know and how we want to hear – nothing more and nothing less!
Nothing excites us more than some hot news! It is important to remember though, that the same news may not be perceived as ‘hot news’ by two different individuals. The things that matter the most to an individual is classified as ‘hot’, ‘electrifying’, ‘scintillating’, etc. It can also be information on something or someone about whom individuals show interest. This is where media cashes in – whatever matters the most to a large group is categorized and flashed as hot and important!
The interest to know more has ensured that we have a thriving and increasing job market for news breakers and whistleblowers! Media plays a vital role in the present-day to bring to us news and messages across the globe. Thanks to them, we are never short of information and are always aware of things that happen, and do not happen, in any part of the globe. We do not rely on the radio, televisions, and newspapers alone, to know about the outside world, the internet has ensured that any info is available at the tip of our fingers, in the literal sense. Mobile internet has found its way of making things easy for us.
Most televisions, magazines, and newspapers in the present-day have ensured that they are available online as well, to reach out to their global audience. It is exciting to note that an Indian can read an American daily sitting from the comfort of his house in Mumbai and a South African can go through interesting Bollywood gossips from his easy chair in Johannesburg. The internet feeds our desire to learn more. Knowledge is like an unsatisfied mistress, the more you get for her, the more she wants. There is no saturation point to this nature of us, which is to the advantage of journalists, newsrooms, news providers, and newsmakers.
There are multiple challenges that the world faces today. Global financial crisis, exhaustive conflicts, political paranoia, natural catastrophes, agreements and disagreements, social changes, entertainment podiums, sporting arenas, etc., bring in answers to questions like what, where, how, when and why. As humans, we are curious beings, who are eager to learn new things and experiment new arenas for old ones. The challenges that the world faces and we face as individuals in our day-to-day lives are given a bit of color and glamour when these are exposed to news and current affairs. It makes it easier for us to relate to it in our lives or in the lives of people whom we know, admire and respect.
Anything that is new is news, and anything in the news is what is happening at the moment in some part of the world. We are excited, happy, sad, pained and angered by many things that happen around us – and current affairs help us satisfy that emotional quotient that yearns to be fulfilled in each and every one.
This is a free world, where opinions are voiced and concerns are raised over all and sundry. Being in the know helps us to keep pace with the others and provides an identity of a kind, which is one of the many reasons that people have shown a keen interest in knowing about the latest info on a particular subject, irrespective of whether that provides a business or lucrative advantage.
Curiosity Makes You Wiser
You will find that the more curious you are about knowing things, the more informative you become, thereby making you the darling of your peers. The ones that know more information are generally the ones who ask plenty of questions – this shows their inquisitiveness and curiosity to get hold of precise information. Thereby, curiosity makes you wiser and you gain prominence in your social circles which is yet again an inspiration to know about things making it a vicious cycle.
Dealing With Challenges
Knowledge about new inventions, discoveries, achievements, laurels, appreciations, etc., helps individuals to understand their life, challenges, criticisms, stress, and pressure better. It offers people the platform to get assimilated to the challenges in their life. Thereby, those who are interested in knowing about the latest news or happenings around the country or the world stand a better chance of handling the personal crisis than the ones who are restrained to their life and do not show interest about all else.
Being right up there with the rest of current affairs brings plenty of awareness about products, services, deals, laws, flaws, medications, facilities, etc. Ignorance is kept at bay for those who show interest in understanding and knowledge about what’s happening around them.
Current affairs are also about news trend. There is an undeniable marketing angle to it as media in the present-day, talks about things that we want to hear rather than need to hear! Anything that is in the trend is displayed more, brought to us more. Critics are everywhere, this is the honest view of naysayers who have borne the brunt of those who present current affairs in a luscious package. As information enthusiasts, it is our responsibility to ensure that we take what is necessary and leave the crap to rot in the trash can.