Did you know 20/20 in English means ‘perfect vision’ ? That’s what we wish for us all in the new year… The world needs clarity, in a world where social media trolls and fake news seem to keep us in a permanent 1984.
The news often focuses on the negative. It seeks confrontation, instead of solidarity. Doing good is not ‘interesting’, so it is avoided or banned to the margin, at best as the friendly last item to send us off in the night.
‘News focuses on abnormality, so our sense of reality is fundamentally distorted’, Alain de Boton said. News disrupts, troubles, excites and frustrates. Editor in Chief of the Belgian VRT News Björn Soenens wants to change this. He wants ‘Het Journaal’ to be part of a change for the good. Make information more accessible, in depth, personal and where possible positive.
We wish him and those who follow his lead the vision, courage and perseverance to make 2020 a happy New(s) Year. And to you and all your loved ones… our warm wishes !
“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
― D. Simone
1° The Canvas documentary on the meeting between Alain de Boton and Newsroom chief Soenens is worth your attention.
2° So is Alain de Boton’s book ‘The News: A Users’s Manual’.
20/20 image: Levi Alvarez