Have people become obsessed with news and information? While broadcast news has long been a form of entertainment, the recent influx of infotainment has created an entirely new genre. These shows, often resembling multistage theater, combine news and drama to create a whole new genre. The rise of TV, lobbyists, and special-interest groups have further increased the number of actors and conflicts in news.
Depending on the source, these programs can range in length from ten minutes to several hours. Special documentary films may be produced by news channels that focus on specific news topics in greater detail. In addition, newspapers are another form of infotainment. These publications are often produced on disposable, lightweight newsprint. They can also be general interest or specific in topic, with the former being a journal of current news and information, while special-interest publications focus on one topic or an issue.
As the media landscape evolves, a shift toward more entertainment is inevitable. In addition to sports, news and information are increasingly interconnected. By 2037, there will be no local newsrooms. Instead, the country’s newsrooms will become national networks of partisan sites. The result will be a more fractured media landscape with less local newsrooms and fewer local outlets.
Moreover, negative news can raise the heartbeat and may have serious health implications. In one study, researchers found that those exposed to high levels of stress during the aftermath of 9/11 were 53% more likely to develop cardiovascular issues in the following three years. This relationship was independent of any health problems that participants had previously had. The study also found that news coverage of the terrorist attacks was directly linked to health problems years later.