Reading newspapers is practically useful for the common man
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Newspapers provide information about what's happening around you, and around the entire world. "Why should I fill my head with useless knowledge?" Who says this knowledge and awareness has no use? The articles published in a newspaper can affect you, to the contrary of what Con is suggesting. We need to have a sufficient understanding of what's happening around us, which can be achieved through newspapers. We can't just go about our daily lives with no care for the world and its events. If we do this, we'll be like young children, where the street we live on is all we know.
The information contained within a newspaper can be practically useful. You can keep up to date with politics, find a job you may want to apply for, and many more. I'm not talking about reading the entire newspaper daily, as that wouldn't do too much good. I'm talking about reading parts of it, the parts that relate to you and can benefit you. It's also not a good look to show little interest in the world around you. We all have opinions, and how can we share them if we don't know what's happening in our own country?
Pro argues we must make and express opinions on current events. Isn't that what debate.org is for? Furthermore, why form an opinion about a subject you don't care about?
My argument as that we have finite memory, and we must utilize it efficiently. Filling it with thrash will block out useful knowledge and all we will remember is unuseful stuff.
Pro says to read parts that relate to you, and not read it daily. I say that it is rare to find parts relevant to you, and therefore not read it at all. And anyways, the resolution accounts for the the full newspaper.
What do I care if some jet crashed into a mountain somewhere around the world? The common man doesn't do much charity, and I don't see what other action we can take on such things.
What do I care if the taxes moved up 5 percent? When I am buying stuff the shopkeeper would tell me anyways, then why read it from a newspaper?
What do I care if an endangered lizard died? I hate lizards anyways.
Newspapers are filled with irrelevant and unuseful knowledge, and therefore we must not read them unless absolutely bored and useless. I hate it when they come up and say "knowledge is power". I say "RIGHT knowledge is power" Suppose if I am a rocket scientist and I know about all the endangered species, will that help me? No, it won't. As Sherlock Holmes once said "What do I care if the Sun revolves around the Earth or the Earth revolves around the Sun, so long as it doesn't make a pennyworth of difference in my work" While it of course would make a difference, he meant that the knowledge about the Earth and Sun didn't make a difference in less work. Same case for the newspaper.
Furthermore, Con suggests that the knowledge gained from newspapers can't help us. However, you don't have to read what doesn't affect you. There are many parts in their that are relevant to us, to the contrary of what Con suggests. There are certain categories in a newspaper where we can access the information and knowledge that we want to and that's relevant to us. For example, there is business, opinion, sport and many more sections of a newspaper. We don't have to read the entire newspaper if we're only looking for certain parts.
A newspaper helps to create social awareness about various subjects such as abortion, child labour and more. We are urged to take action and and voice our opinion, which is one of our greatest rights as citizens. Newspapers are very useful for the common man and are read, and utilised by many people.
Opinions- Pro says making an opinion is our duty. But Pro doesn't justify how making an opinion helps the common man. Suppose I just make an opinion "I am pro child labor". What will the common do about it? Nothing.
Read parts- This debate was about reading the full newspaper. I can just read the date of the newspaper and thrash it and say"newspapers are useful because they remind me of the date" Utter nonsense.
Social media- I believe that social media is a more accurate and fast method of delivering information than the newspaper. We must give up the newspaper and start using social media. This will save trees and ink as well.
Social awareness- While we may form an opinion about terrorism, child labor etc., the common man usually doesn't take action on it and sometimes may not even voice their opinion. Furthermore, no common man can express their opinion on the newspaper without money, while on social media we can easily comment.
Sport section- Sport section is for entertainment, which isn't practically useful.
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