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Post Reply The world....is it as bad as the media makes it seem?
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the world is awesome once you get a gopro!
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Dude, the world is a lot worse than how the media makes it seems. Here's a disturbing fact for you: in 2011, there was a rape every six minutes. A murder every forty minutes. Sounds bad? Yes. It is. Are all of these reported? Nope. And they shouldn't is in my opinion, but such be life.

SOURCE: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/standard-links/national-data


Those are surely facts that would make it hard for me to sleep at night.....


This is the world we live in.
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I think the news media plays the same game as The Church did with Apocalyptic-Christianity these days. When ever I see televised news, it's always murder-porn&crime, "the evil enemy of modern-society", and the once-a-week happy story. It's not that bad stuff isn't happening. It is, and does. But, we just hear more of it, and televised news turns it into entertainment for ratings. Remember, if it bleeds it leads.
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Yes and no.

Yes - The world is as bad because you see some of the horrible things people are capable of in life.

No - And on the flipside, many good and wonderful things go unnoticed and unwritten about.
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agira wrote:

I'm not accusing the media of being complete liars, Brainwashing, or such things. I just wanted to point out that bad news is mostly reported on a sort of loop, so that it gets stuck in our heads. Good news on the other hand seems hard to find. So is the world getting worst despite the new technologies or our constant scientifical discoveries? Or are such thoughts (world is bad) just completely biased because we mostly see bad things happen? I don't know if i made myself clear...but i would like to hear your thoughts.


I think there are really a few questions here. Why does the media focus on airing bad news? is the world getting worse even with scientific discoveries?

Now keep in mind this is solely my opinion. The media focuses on bad news simply because it is what people will pay the most attention to, if the news only covered good news, odds are people wouldn't really watch them that often, because everything is fine. Why would i have to worry about watching the news, when there is nothing for me to worry about? People are attracted by drama and by human conflict. Whether it is armed conflict, political, religious, whatever else.

I dont see the world as inherently good or bad, just like i dont see poeple are inherently good or bad. No person does only good just like no person does only bad. Every decision you make will affect some people around you negatively and others positively to some degree.

As for is the world getting worse and worse? i dont think so, it might be getting marginally better, but it is definitely not getting worse. The difference is the availability to information is far greater than it ever was. Before, the only people who could really inform others as to what was going on around the world were news channels. Now, anyone that has access to the internet and owns a phone can take a video, uploaded and make a statement on it. It means that there are far more people out there displaying the news. In the past far more violence went unreported, now more is reported.
Also, human population continues to grow year after year at a faster rate. That means that even now we are producing far more children than people we are losing year to year.
Now I think some people have an unrealistic expectation as to how quickly technology can accomplish something, and how quickly it diffuses through the world. Technology also has an effect on everything else, when people develop technology they do so to solve a single problem, however, the way that problem is solved will eventually cause new problems to arise. For example, the invention of antibiotics, and evolution responding with resistant bacteria. No matter how much technology advances, there will always be something we failed to see coming, something we cannot control, simply because we dont have the capacity to measure all the consequences of our actions. We can only solve one problem at a time.
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Tonight on the news: Dose fruits give your cancer? Your iPhone gives you cancer! Emergerd did yall hear pizza is vegetable.

I stopped watching the news a long time ago one bad thing after another. Makes people wish they never got out the house or let their kids outside to enjoy their life.
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A lot worse.
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It is actually much worse.
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The media focuses on what they think sells to viewers:
Scandal, murder, sports, race/gender/civil 'issues', 'miracles' and tragedies, and government.
The don't view the whole and write about how millions of kids had a good day today, but if a kid is part of an accident, you'll seeit plastered everywhere.
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DetectiveAlex wrote:

Dude, the world is a lot worse than how the media makes it seems. Here's a disturbing fact for you: in 2011, there was a rape every six minutes. A murder every forty minutes. Sounds bad? Yes. It is. Are all of these reported? Nope. And they shouldn't is in my opinion, but such be life.

SOURCE: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/standard-links/national-data


Yeah, this is pretty much what I think. The media is just reporting (mostly) sad news, not making the the world worse than it already is.
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agira wrote:


DetectiveAlex wrote:

Dude, the world is a lot worse than how the media makes it seems. Here's a disturbing fact for you: in 2011, there was a rape every six minutes. A murder every forty minutes. Sounds bad? Yes. It is. Are all of these reported? Nope. And they shouldn't is in my opinion, but such be life.

SOURCE: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/standard-links/national-data


Those are surely facts that would make it hard for me to sleep at night.....


Speaking of making the world seem worse than it is, one murder every forty minutes means that in 2011, 13,140 people were murdered in the United States out of over 311 million people. Your average U.S. citizen would have had less than a 0.0043% chance of being murdered in 2011, without even taking into account additional information such as demographics and behavior which might affect an individual's chances of being killed this way.

By the way, these statistics only pertain to the United States; not the world as a whole. I suspect that the numbers would be a bit different if they factored in other parts of the world as well.
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The world is fine it's the people who live in it that is the problem.
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The MEDIA'S the problem.
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Mainstream media is the problem. It always exaggerates problems or even makes them up. What you see on TV is just a movie with actors.
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One_Week wrote:

The world is fine it's the people who live in it that is the problem.


I agree with this statement above all else. stupid people do stupid things, bad people do bad things, I 'm still looking for what good people do, so far nothing.

How many of you like to gossip? A lot I bet, that is what today's media is like, to me. A bunch of "muck-rakers". Look up the term. Everyone, in my opinion, seems more focussed on the bad things happening to others in order to make themselves feel better. It is disgusting. How many stories do you hear' " today, little Johnny got an A on his math test.. Joe helped a little old woman across the street today... Beth cooked a delicious apple pie today at the ffood kitchen." None. Know why? Because it makes you feel like shit that you didn't do so well, that you are not as good as so and so, that you didn't help out... it feels like bragging. So in retrospect, maybe the media knows it is better to report on the bad to make you feel good, than to report on the good, to make you feel bad.... it all depends on how "people" portray it and how "people" infer it

Bad things Happen, so do good things... Bad things sell more papers or periodicals
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