Economist talks contemporary news


Susquehanna alumnus Tal Daley gave a Global Economics lecture on April 21 in Faylor Lecture Hall at 7 p.m.

According to Daley, society is filled with a lot of “noise” that people have to filter through to find the real news.

The mainstream news networks have been too caught up with Kim Kardashian without talking about the real heroes or news stories, according to Daley.

Daley added that Kim Kardashian is only a bit of the noise that news media focuses on.

Media focuses on fluff news stories and does not give adequate recognition to the real issues, he continued, explaining that when the news chooses to focus on something good it is always celebrity-related.
“This is not a media bashing thing, this is just how it is. The media likes to sell things but if you think about your local news… if it bleeds it leads. They like to sell negative news. It’s unfortunate,” Daley said.

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According to Daley, “If you are on the progressive left you watch MSNBC and you hear how terrible the free market right conservatives are and if you are on the free market right you watch FOX News and you hear how terrible people are on the left.”

Finding the real news is important because there are events in life that shape you as a person, he added.

“The time you have between the 15th and 25th years of your life will affect you the most. Each generation has them,” Daley said. “I was 15 in 1969 and 25 in 1979. Anything you think about in your entire adulthood will anchor between those two time periods”

Daley said that the millennial generation has lived through 9-11 and the Snowden leaks. Those events have shaped that generation.

Daley went on, “My oldest daughter is from the beginning of the millennial generation born in 1980. She is 15 in 1995. That was when net-space was produced and connected us to the Internet. She gets acclimated to the Internet and then she sees 9-11.”

According to Daley, the millennial generation will be the most innovative and caring generation, which will cause “the US economy to be an innovative economy but a compassionate economy.”