Video is in the main way that we as citizens get our news, discover new drugs or health treatments and are informed of governmental policy intiatives. And thus video, through television, is the significant way we come to understand the world.
In coming to understand how to construct your own video work, you will in part come to understand the way that all video is a construction, with an author and a point of view. News is not a neutral source of information; it represents the viewpoint of someone. It may represent the viewpoint of some editor trained in the cold war who can only see world events in terms of the great conflict of two superpowers. It may represent the viewpoint of someone whose personal training in science and technology was only one or two courses outside of journalism school. Television may represent the viewpoint of someone like you, however, if you learn to become a maker and not just a consumer.