With the increasingly diverse means of acquiring information, it has become a common phenonmen that we are exposed to conflicting ideas about a single event, which has aroused deep social concern. A growing boday of average people are wondering whether it is more important to read and watch news presented by people whose opinion is different from your own view than by people whose opinion are similar to yours. From my pesepective, it is advisable to be a good listener to the different viewpoints.
Firstlly, receiving news presented by people with dissenting perspective can help people have access to the comprehensive information and get closer to the truth of the events. As is common sense, every single event or piece of news is not as simple as we expect. So it is an indisputable fact that nobody can have a panoramic view of the truth of the incidents due to the limited experience and knowledge span. In this case, gaining news from our opponents will definitely deliver a brandnew perspective and make us have a second thought of our own viewpoint. In other words, the clashes of different views will temper and refine our opinion about the events, with the result that a whole picture is formed. On the contrary, just selectively listening to the similar ideas, people will become narrow-minded.
Besides that, another potential benefit of obtaining news from those with opposite view is the higher likelihood to make acquaitance with more people. As is known to all, the way person responds to someone whose opinion differs drastically from theirs reveals their true character. To be specific, being tolerant of different voices about one thing reflects that a person is endowed with the quality of inclusiveness and humbility, which can make him/her leave a good impression on others. Consequently, no one, including those from opposing party, will refuse to become friends with humble and inclusive ones. Instead, those solely accepting same opinion are usually self-centered and arrogant so that they not consider others’ thought or feeling but impose their own opinion. Thus it is unlikely that they will build friendship with those with different ideas. Even worse, the alreadly established friendship may also end, once the disagreements occur.
In a nutshell, it is sensible for people to read or watch news from people with dissenting perspective, in order to gain the whole picture of the news and enlarge the social network.
The writer and the speaker have a debate on sending astronauts. The writer puts forward three obstacles, which are opposed by the following lecture.
First, the writer claims that the landing is not safe. From 1996 to 1999, four spacecratfs crashed because of computer errors. While the speaker views this issue from an opposite angle, according to him/her, computer program accuracy has been improved. Besides, astronauts could adjust conditions to avoid unexpected events. No spacecratfs have crashed since 1999.
Secondly, the passage states that It is hard for spacecraft to carry fuels. Spacecraft needs to carry large amounts of fuels for its way to Mars as well as back then. However, the speaker casts doubt on this opinion by saying that when the there is no need to take a lot of fuels. Hydrogen and Oxygen in ice on Mars can make fuels. Therefore, spacecraft only need to take fuel that supports it to Mars.
Last, the writer argues that the trade between the without protection, astronauts would suffer radiation. By contrast, in accordance with the speaker, this claim does not hold water. Magnetic field can be created to guarantee safety. It is as same as the earth magnetic field.