Much of the international news and media coverage that involves Central America is negative overall in regard to the region and what occurs in this area of the world. For example, we often hear of the organized crime that occurs in Central America, such as human trafficking or drug cartels. However, according to a report that was released recently, life for those who live in the region of Central America is not all that bad, and is certainly not only negative as it is often portrayed. According to an article from US News by Sintia Radu (2017), “People from three Central American countries say satisfaction from their lives has improved dramatically during the past 10 years, according to a report from Gallop.”
While it is apparent the people that live in the region of Central America are not living miserable lives, as it may seem they do from the often negative media coverage of the region would portray, the question of how the region can be viewed as a more positive environment is posed. Jon Clifton, a managing partner at Gallop stated that “the value of measuring such public perceptions is that they can be a guide for future positive change” (Radu, 2017).
In order for a positive change to occur, which Clifton expressed is possible, the region of Central America, as well as the rest of the world would need to make changes to the way we participate in global communication. At the most basic level, “communication is about the exchange of information between individuals” (Pennsylvania State University, 2017). However, on a global level, we have to adapt the way we communicate in order to communicate appropriately. In order for the valuable information gathered from the Gallop report regarding the lives of those who live in the region of Central America to be of any use toward positive future change, it is crucial that global communication is used carefully and considerately in order to portray a more positive image of Central America.
“Research shows that how people report on their lives is a powerful indicator that can better predict major events when traditional economic indicators, such as gross domestic product, or GDP, show a different picture” (Radu, 2017). This means that it is important and necessary to listen to what the people within the region of Central America are saying about life there, instead of only looking at traditional figures to interpret what life is like in the region. Overall, it is important to take away that we do not only pay attention to what media coverage is being provided for us about any region, but we also look to what the people who live in a specific region say about how their lives are there.
Pennsylvania State University. (2017). OLEAD 410: “Defining Communication.” Retrieved at https://psu.instructure.com/courses/1867265/modules/items/22824723
Radu, S. (2017, November 3). Increasing number of people in Central America say their lives are thriving . Retrieved November 29, 2017, from https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2017-11-03/increasing-number-of-people-in-ceamerica-say-their-lives-are-thrivingntral-