Popping the bubble

By Zach Brown–Opinion Editor |

There are benefits and drawbacks to living within our comfortable Samford Bubble. While it may seem like the biggest thing happening this week is Sorority Recruitment, and this publication will appropriately cover it as such, there are things happening beyond our manicured lawns. While any context – be it a university, suburban town, metropolitan city or Western superpower – creates its own ethos and “bubble,” the denizens of each contextualized bubble must strive to extricate themselves from their current situation and inform themselves about the world and its events.

On each return trip to old SU, I always berate myself for falling out of the news cycle. In the most connected age ever, how can it be that I am unable to keep up with the latest world events and political developments? Friends have expressed similar sentiment, yearning to stay connected to the news and not become totally isolated inside the infamous Samford Bubble of books, boys, and Bulldogs.
The news cycle revolves whether we pay attention or not. Keeping up is the issue. Thankfully, there are myriad ways to stay tuned-in without getting overwhelmed and without taking too much time.

Samford TV has access to all major news networks. We have Wi-Fi on the Quad so you can read the Washington Post’s or Newsweek’s websites while your friends play Frisbee. Talk about a one-up. Brock School of Business provides copies of the Wall Street Journal to majors. (Business students, please read it, or I will begin stealing them on a more regular basis.) While some may think the magazine is a dying art, college students the world over attest that getting mail is great. Subscribe to Time, The New Yorker, The Weekly Standard or The Economist to stay informed and support a time-honored medium. And when it’s 2:30 p.m. and the Caf is totally empty, check Twitter or Reddit for what’s happened in Washington that day rather than just scrolling through cat pictures or reading about what your friend ate that morning.
Riding the news cycle is much like learning to ride a bicycle: once you start, you never forget how and can always find a way back onto it.

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