Listening to the News

I don’t usually listen to the news. Is that a bad thing?
On one hand the news is bad and depressing. Nothing good seems to be happening in the world that’s reported in the popular press.
On the other hand, perhaps it’s important to know what’s happening. But can we change anything?
I like to listen to the news to know what’s going on in the world. I can talk about things with family and friends, swap opinions and express views and ideas.
It also helps with small talk. Especially when you meet people for the first time. I read recently that it’s a good idea to read, listen to or watch the news before you go to a meeting, a conference or a party. That way you have something to talk about when you meet someone new.
I don’t read newspapers. I listen to the BBC radio and I go to the BBC blog. I have the BBC and Reuters apps on my phone, and when I’m bored, I look at what’s been happening world-wide and in particular in technology. But I don’t follow online blogs regularly.
I don’t follow national news in Spain. It’s mostly depressing stuff about political corruption and people doing horrible things to one another. If I really want to know what’s going on in Spain, I ask my students and they give me a brief news summary.
What do you do to keep up with the news? Do you read newspapers, watch TV news or go to websites and use apps on your phone? Whatever way you get your news, it’s a good idea to listen and read it in English.

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