posted on Aug, 1 2009 @ 04:56 PM
Bad news is big news
Good news is no news
On all news networks, on all media outlets, we are bombarded with bad news.
We cant escape its demoralising effects.
For a long time now there has been debate about whether there is bias within news. It is almost certainly an inevitability. However the most dangerous
bias is not political, religious,class or advertising, but the bad news bias.
The Bad News Bias
The brain, Cacioppo says, reacts more strongly to stimuli it deems negative. Thus, our attitudes are more influenced by downbeat news.
A quick example from a news website today:
Soldiers' specialist mental health centre 'could close as MoD funding runs out'
Specialist mental health centres reserved for British service personnel suffering psychological trauma could close because Ministry of Defence funding
is running out.
Criminals on probation commit a murder and rape a week
Criminals are committing a murder and rape every week while supposedly under the supervision of the Probation Service, figures show.
Pensioners at back of queue for swine flu vaccine
Pensioners will be at the back of the queue for the new swine flu vaccine as a list of priority groups are drawn up, it has emerged.
MI5 targeted by Islamic extremists in rushed recruitment drive after July 2005 attacks on London
MI5 is facing questions over whether it recruited up to six al Qaeda sympathisers in the rush to find Islamic recruits in the wake of the worst
terrorist attacks on mainland Britain for a generation.
I understand that these are important topics, but to have all of them as the main four news articles on the websites 'news' page proves my point.
Are we being slowly but surely demoralised?
The world is a wonderful place. It is not, repeat NOT, what the media would have us believe; a planet on its last legs, full of murder, scandal and
The MSM claims to be the truth.
Dont believe the truth!