Pumping out another blog while traveling to San Francisco. Here's a question I've been wrestling with: "Does being aware make you intelligent?" My professors drill me for not checking the news every day. They tell me that it is essential to be up-to-date with world-events. In the communications field, if you are not aware of current events, you are less knowledgable than you were in your birthday suit.

Let's dive in the dictionary, shall we? Intelligence: "1 a (1) : the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations : reason; also : the skilled use of reason"

I think it is extremely important to understand how different cultures operate; if we weren't aware of those issues, then we could not function as a society. The question remains, Does being aware make you intelligent?

If media frames the message and filter what they want us to hear, I have a hard time believing that you are intelligent just because you were awake at 7am and caught the TODAY program. With that in mind, how do you achieve intelligence? I'll reference the definition again, 'skilled use of reason.'

I conclude that being aware could stem intelligence, but it depends on your discernment once you're equipped with the news or knowledge. Watching the news while laying dormant on the couch does not help society. Media informs us in hopes that this knowledge will cause us to react, which makes the individual intelligent. This is the basic concept of the intellectual property.

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