Sunday, January 3, 2016
The Media of the World directs our thoughts and fears
We all know it, and still fall right into the planned pattern. Years ago the ‘mantra’ of all media was “If it Bleeds, It Leads”. The meaning obvious, the leading news story must be the ‘worst’ of the worst tragedies.
Most of us want ‘Good News’ but it does not bring ratings. Good News does not sell papers. The more papers sold, the higher the ratings the media can charge more for the advertisements we endure.
For over a hundred years we citizens have been conditioned, now we are hooked on ‘bad news. I laugh (at times out loud) at the reporter who must step out into the high winds to make a weather report telling others to ‘avoid’ just what he is doing. I think of the old adage of us boys who, when learning to ride a bike, would turn loose the handle bars and yell, “Look no hands!” Later the joke turns the corner, “Look no front teeth.”
(And the reporter saying this is so bad no one should be out in it)
At the scene of multiple deaths the reporter takes on the ‘face of an actor’ to add to the tragic feeling (all the time hoping this report wins him an award, how lucky to be this close and the first to make a report).
I smile with ‘disgust’ while waiting in line at a super market at the number of ‘Gossip Tabloids’ and ‘Scandal Sheets’ displayed with obvious misleading headlines and lies. Making profit off lies and others’ misery.
I remember many years ago at the Watts tragedy. I was on a ship in the Mediterranean. The headlines and stories we received gave the appearance the entire USA was on fire and in revolt. We had the feeling the skipper should turn the ship and head back to the USA and assist in restoring order.
I see no turn in the process, but we as individuals must revert to our own abilities and common sense to try to live a life without constant fear. Everyone should be vigilant, but I refuse to live my life in fear at every turn.
My hearing loss was sort of a blessing, for about 15 years we have watched probably a total of 3 hours of TV a YEAR!
Since the advent of the net, and it’s being available, we now get a lot of bad news on this monitor. (OUCH) BUT we do have the option to find some heartwarming stories, I like ‘em.
PS: One of my favorite things about this (internet) media, I get to read GOOD personal stuff from friends I have met here. I like you guys much better than the News Anchors.
Getting the most out of your vehicle as possible is important!