Experts put current news events into perspective

Experts point out, all of this bad news, is not without precedent.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - There’s a lot happening in the country right now, but experts remind the public that such controversy is not unprecedented.

WUSA9 talked to Dr. John Watson. He is the director of American University’s journalism division in its School of Communications.

He said while some people believe current affairs are worse now than they have been before, it is important not to forget everything that has happened in the past.

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"It's hard to remember pain in all its sharpness," he said.

For example, North Korea is not the first nation to threaten the United States with nuclear arms. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union presented a similar threat on the island of Cuba. On top of that, America’s struggle with race relations has been a constant issue throughout its existence.

Watson said people may forget past events because they seem more distant in comparison to the immediate consequences of issue that happen during the present day.

"History is never as frightening as the present or the future," he said.

The way Americans consume news today may also play a role in the way they perceive current events against those of the past.

For example, Twitter lets audiences know exactly what their leaders are thinking, which dependent upon the situation, can create a positive or negative reaction.

"Technology helps people see more clearly and the clarity of that vision will increase the panic level (dependent upon the situation)," he said.

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