News is part of our everyday lives. We wake up, turn on the radio or the tv. While drinking our coffee we frequently check our favorite news webpage, or even maybe as they did back in the days, read the newspaper itself. We want to know what’s going on… What happened while we were asleep.
Before the internet struck up, the news moved a little bit slower. People found out what was going on around the world by listening to the radio or reading the newspaper. Sometimes novel events had a delay.
It is hard to imagine how slow news was announced back then. To have to wait for the next day’s newspaper to find out about the war that was recently declared must have been harsh. But imagine how you’d feel if there was a day without news. That’s right. No news at all.
You might be thinking that’s impossible. How can I say there is no news in the whole world? Nothing new at all? It would be like time froze, right? Well, let me introduce you to the day there was no news in the world…
From west to east… whether you live in the south, the north, Europe, Africa, or America, every day is packed with news. You just need to pick any place in the world, type it in any search engine like Google, and add the word news.
And I guarantee, you’re going to be able to choose from not hundreds but millions of results. Good news, bad news, funny bizarre news… Economic news, health news, political news… Even fake news… There is something for everyone.
Take for instance: “USA+news” and I got 1,380,000,000 results. Or try “Yemen+news”, got 50,600,000 results. “Nairobi+news” 8,590,000 results, “Cochabamba+news” 2,550,000 results… And the examples can go on and on and on, for the places you can type thus the results you can obtain are countless.
The Day Without News
The day was 18 April 1930. Good Friday. Britain. 8:45 pm.
The news was announced on the radio, so the family got together, flipped on their radios, and waited for the BBC News evening bulletin to start. The announcement started like any other day. People didn’t expect what was coming after…
“Good evening. Today is Good Friday.”
After a quick pause, the announcer continued, giving the listeners the biggest news of all:
“There is no news.”
For the remaining 15 minutes, the station of BBC News decided to play piano music to fill up the whole segment. After that, the wireless service returned to their regular broadcasting from the Queen’s Hall in Langham Place, London, where the Wagner opera Parsifal was performing.
As Ethan Zuckerman, the director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, once said “The Day with No News is a wonderful historical reminder”.