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Keeping Up With Current Affairs

By: Beth Morrisey MLIS - Updated: 10 Jun 2013 | comments*Discuss
 
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Sometimes current affairs feel as if they are worlds away from our daily lives. What does it matter about how many jobs are opening in The City if you can't find something part time to save your life? What does it matter if there is a war on another continent if you're engaged in a war at home every evening? What does it matter if women in other countries can't vote when neither can you? It matters a lot, as it so happens! In our globalised world current affairs everywhere have a huge impact on our lives, most of the time without us even realising it. To see this effect in action, make sure you pick up the paper now and again and connect it with events in your local community. When patterns emerge, you'll be glad you did.

The Butterfly Effect

You may have heard that when a butterfly flaps its wings somewhere, a storm is created somewhere else. This idea is an example of how interconnected the world really is - an action in one part will almost certainly cause a reaction in another. If you don't believe it, have a look at these examples:

  • Draught makes wheat scarce and the price of bread rises.
  • Oil runs dry and the price of your holiday flights soar.
  • Civil war increases the number of refugees and a hostel opens in your town.
  • Armed conflicts need peacekeepers and your military answers the call.
  • A change in national government causes your local school to change its meals.

Tracking the News

In order to understand the relationships between events occurring everywhere in the world, you need to know about the events occurring everywhere in the world. Keep up with current affairs by:

  • Purchasing newspapers.
  • Reading the news online.
  • Watching daily news bulletins.
  • Exploring news and current affairs magazines

Getting Involved

It is obvious that current affairs anywhere in the world could potentially affect your life, no matter where or how you live it. The only way to take back some control is to get involved. You don't have to plan to be the next Prime Minister, but if you are concerned about something, do something about it. Consider:

  • Voting with your money and purchasing only products you believe in.
  • Adding your name to a petition.
  • Organising or attending a local rally.
  • Volunteering for a cause you support.
  • Getting involved in a political campaign you hope will be successful.
  • Studying the subject further and considering a career in the area.
Keeping up with current affairs is not something to do if you have time; it is something for which you make time. Every day we have the chance to witness history in the making, but many of us let television, games, gossip and other frivolity get in the way. Pledge to give at least a half hour of each day towards reading the news, exploring current affairs and finding ways to make your thoughts and feelings known.

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