By Eddy Montilla.
I was reading a newspaper and saw a piece of news about Adolf Hitler. In the Internet, I found similar information: Hitler only had one testicle. I stopped reading, made some coffee and thought about how much readers and writers have changed in the last decade. To write a good article, something worthy of being read and, therefore, published is the same as crude oil: You have to dig deep to find it. Otherwise, the only thing you will find is sewage because… Since when people’s testicles can be considered to be a piece of news? Since when a person’s genitals became a deciding factor to weigh up a person’s success or failure?
We have more than 7 billion people in the world. It is not surprising to find millions of them who love reading and spending their time on such kind of trifles, and that’s why sensationalism is as old as journalism itself. Besides, as a journalist, you have no choice: You have to sell what you write or write about something that can be sold. However, after that, nothing prevents you from going for the crude oil we said before or a diamond hidden inside these irrelevant pieces of information. For example, observe any picture or movie of Adolf Hitler in uniform, and you will notice that he looked like a weak little man compared to other soldiers. In fact, Hitler was shorter and thinner than all Germans I have met. Then, the real and valuable story here is not if Hitler had one, two or twenty testicles, but how a man with a relatively weak constitution could get the mental subjugation of millions of people physically stronger than him. That was the valuable source for an article that they did not see, they could not find. The storage of information is huge these days, the pieces of equipment for communication, in terms of quantity and quality, have gotten unparalleled progress, but both, good writers and readers are facing a sad and lonely word: extinction.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.
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