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Post Reply The world....is it as bad as the media makes it seem?
Posted 1/4/14
World is good to you. Else, why are you alive?
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Posted 1/4/14
The answer to this question depends on each individuals view. The media is nothing but an attention whore. They will blow a story up if it means they get a better rating. I for one have seen a little of both good and bad of the world. We were really poor when I was young, but had a hard working mother and later a good step-father that raised me to strive and better myself. I was in the army for 3 years 1 of them being in Afghanistan, yes there were bad days but I also got to see a very awesome landscape and open starry night sky along with meeting some great people with different culture. So from my perspective the world is not a bad place. Don't always trust the media just compare and contrast it with different ones or research for yourself then form your own view of it.
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Posted 1/4/14
The media's focus on bad news for ratings is one of the reasons why I don't really watch TV. Like people have said before, the world has it's bad things and good things. I have a good understanding of what happens around me without the media rubbing what they feel is important in my face.
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Posted 1/4/14 , edited 1/4/14
Just because media tends to focus on the negative aspects of society, doesn't mean that said aspects aren't happening or are not as big of an impact as media implies: murders, rape and the like are common things, basically daily occurrences...IMO the thing isn't media "overhyping" the negatives so much as sidelining the positives.

tl;dr: It IS as bad as they make it seem, but on the other side of the spectrum, it is more good than they make it seem (in terms of the progress of mankind and advancements in our communities etc.)
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Posted 1/4/14
Unfortunately people are more interested in the bad stuff than the good when it comes to news....

I mean if there is a headline "man saves old lady" who cares...
but if the headline says "old lady killing on a killing spree in your area!" you might be wondering if you knew any of the people or how many people or if the lady is still on the loose and maybe your next.. la di dah you buy a paper...

so it goes... the real question I wonder is why people buy stuff like the STAR...
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Posted 1/4/14
The media just report what they think would net them the most ratings, what the parent corporations allow them to report, and what the government allows them to report.

When there is the question "How come this wasn't reported in mainstream media?" just think of the previous sentence.
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Posted 1/4/14

Ronule wrote:

Honestly I think the world is better now than it really ever has been. Yeah, it may not seem so, but that's because you can see all the bad that happens with ease thanks to the internet and the media. If you crack open a history book or take a class you can quickly see that things used to suck and suck bad back in the old times.

Example: Thanks to fiction (as much as I love it, it is guilty) we like to think of eras such as medieval times as fairly romantic periods with knights, damsels and chivalrous heroes who save the day. In reality... there was poverty, disease, war, rape, slavery, even harsher class systems and nobody gave a damn about you if you weren't a noble. Now some of the aforementioned still exist today, that is true, however we now classify them as problems that need to be solved whereas then, they were kinda considered the norm and nobody really cared much to stop it.




" there was poverty, disease, war, rape, slavery, even harsher class systems "
Implying those things don't exist today. Come on inform yourself. Slavery, rape, poverty, disease, bigger gaps between social classes, all these things are more present in today's era more than back then. There's more slavery in 2014 than there has ever been in human history, same goes for rape, poverty, disease, etc. This is not because there are more people, but rather assholes remain assholes. Compare how a CEO lives compared to your average African person, now does that comparison seem as bad as one between a noble and a slave back in medieval times? No, it's worse.

Everything is worse today, and thanks to the mainstream media and other state-own medias, they just hide all the misery in this world to the average citizen of first world countries, with bullshit like the Zimmerman case, Boston bombing, Miley going apeshit, etc.. But thank God the Internet exists, now there will always be a way to know the truth, but most people don't want to hear it, why? Because ignorance is bliss, enjoy living your happy life.
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Posted 1/4/14
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org
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Posted 1/5/14
Yeah, i think its even worse than the media makes it seem. They hide a lot of stuff from the public eye.
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Posted 1/5/14
Not really. Depends on where you go.
Posted 10/25/15
I personally dont think so.
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Posted 10/25/15
Things are both not as bad and worse than what the media makes you believe. The media is both alarmist and has ADHD. They will naturally hype up any breaking bad news but at the same time will grow bored of it and move on. Likewise ongoing problems such as gender and sexual inequality (especially in 3rd world countries), ongoing dictatorships and kleptocracies, wars and insurgencies, slavery, crime, and more are ignored.

By the same token, gradual improvements are likewise ignored. Over the past couple decades 1 billion people have been lifted out of poverty I have read somewhere. More people have access to clean water, electricity, and medicine than at any point in the past.

On the whole, I think the world is better off today than it has been in centuries.
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Posted 10/25/15
No it's not. Lots of good stuff is happening in the world as well. It's just that people are more interested in the bad stuff. That's why it gets reported on. They know they'll get more views. Everybody loves a train wreck.
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Posted 10/25/15
There's still people who restore my faith in humanity out there, so the world isn't exactly as bad as its portrayed in media, obviously. Bad press simply garners the most attention, so it's what's most reported.
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Posted 10/25/15 , edited 10/25/15

a619ko wrote:

Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck.
We just can't look away.


(Hey, if Miracle can necro-post a dozen threads from a year and a half ago, so can I--
Come to think of it, what was I doing, back in 2014? How much did gas cost back then? )
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