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Post Reply The world....is it as bad as the media makes it seem?
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No it's not as bad as the media make it seem. They exaggerate and sugar coat everything and that's what sells. Nothing in the media is nuetral and honest.
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The world is likely a far better place than it was in the past. Various easily accessible media sources just make it easier to see all the bad things that are happening. Not to mention bad news draws more attention and increases ratings.

I'm sure it has been mentioned, but a quick look in a world history book ought to show how bad things were in the past.
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Posted 7/13/13

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.


Of course not.
It is in fact way worse.

Medias aren't free they show you what is best suited to control the masses.

Just check some of the biggest News magazines in a couple country's every day and you will see how much info each country is not getting even tho its affecting them the info is there but not in the Country it matters most to.

I noticed that even before i moved to America and started reading news from 2 countries.
Small town in Germany had 2 big groups fighting each other in a Park lost of injured lots of Police not mentioned in the News at all.
Soccer world cup 2006 all the news were about how peacefully it was no aggression at all well I myself witnessed at least 1 Huge brawl during the World cup but that would be bad for the image so again not mentioned in the News.

News are meant to distract you some big Bill is about to pass something that will cost you lots of money but don't worry you can vote against it but of course you will not be told the Media will focus on something else to distract you till after the deadline.

So why don't we just get happy news? Well that should be obvious most people struggle to get by the last thing they wanna read about everyday is that other people have it so much better give the masses bad news and they are happy that they have it better and happy sheep are better to control.
Posted 7/13/13
They rarely cover the good events, which serves to darken the perceptions of people who regularly feed the idiot box.
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Posted 7/13/13 , edited 7/13/13
As stated there are also many good events that take place. The media rarely doesn't cover half as much of the good as it does the bad or at least most of the time

Edit: There are still a handful of decent people left who try to make a difference in peoples day to day lives, even if it's just random people they meet so keep that in mind.
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Media worldview differs greatly between sources. In terms of news, broadcast is, usually, padded with unnecessary entertainment value. Written news will, usually, give you a more holistic representation of the world.
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Posted 7/13/13

staphen wrote:


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.


I cited those numbers as only a single example of why the world is worse than the media reports. There are many more. On top of that, 0.0043% chance of being murdered, that's 0.0043% higher than it should be, but that's not the point. OP asked if the world is as bad as the media makes it seems, and the answer is that the world is actually worse.

If you factor in the rest of the world, it only reinforces my point. The world is a horrible place, but it is also a very good place.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

I understand perfectly what you're trying to say and I agree very strongly.

Journalism has become this formulated thing where they continually talk about:
- the murder/rape of someone
- robbery/drugs
- natural disasters

Sure, if there are news about an escaped convict, that is understandable, but do we really need to know someone got killed beside a lake every day or someone fell from a rooftop and died.

They also tend to focus on the bad things to draw the common people's attention, but I just don't fall for that.
For example, I'm a big fan of Christina Aguilera, I follow every news article on her and watched every live performances she has done. And the media paints her as this mean, evil and clumsy artist... they reported on things such as when she flubbed the National Anthem or when fell down at one of her performances. But I go to her fansites and they reported a lot of positive news on her such as when she went to Haiti to feed children or when she did charity works for CNN during the Hurricane disasters. I also watched her interviews, she just seems very real and down to earth to me.

I've always been a critical thinker so that's maybe the reason why I can pinpoint the flaws of current media. I read comments on gossip sites sometimes, and I truly pity those users who buy into every story the media come up with.


Of coarse a fansite is going to show possitive things about her, how honest do you think that site is? Is it 100% accurate, or is it just being a " Yes man " to her, rather than reporting both the good & bad, and going to gossip sites is pure folly.
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No, the world is fine just how it is. If there was no media then where's the excitement gone? Also I find it quite amusing to see people die.
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Posted 7/13/13

AcadGlade wrote:


GayAsianBoy wrote:

I understand perfectly what you're trying to say and I agree very strongly.

Journalism has become this formulated thing where they continually talk about:
- the murder/rape of someone
- robbery/drugs
- natural disasters

Sure, if there are news about an escaped convict, that is understandable, but do we really need to know someone got killed beside a lake every day or someone fell from a rooftop and died.

They also tend to focus on the bad things to draw the common people's attention, but I just don't fall for that.
For example, I'm a big fan of Christina Aguilera, I follow every news article on her and watched every live performances she has done. And the media paints her as this mean, evil and clumsy artist... they reported on things such as when she flubbed the National Anthem or when fell down at one of her performances. But I go to her fansites and they reported a lot of positive news on her such as when she went to Haiti to feed children or when she did charity works for CNN during the Hurricane disasters. I also watched her interviews, she just seems very real and down to earth to me.

I've always been a critical thinker so that's maybe the reason why I can pinpoint the flaws of current media. I read comments on gossip sites sometimes, and I truly pity those users who buy into every story the media come up with.


Of coarse a fansite is going to show possitive things about her, how honest do you think that site is? Is it 100% accurate, or is it just being a " Yes man " to her, rather than reporting both the good & bad, and going to gossip sites is pure folly.


It is accurate, there are photos and videos of her going to Haiti, she also recently received a recognition award from Hillary Clinton. On youtube, there are videos of her performances for CNN charity etc.

If it's a story without pictures or videos or evidence, then obviously I wouldn't believe it.

They report both positive and negative news about her, the time she flubbed the national anthem and when she got arrested for public intoxication.
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Posted 7/13/13
In some cases worse, in others not as bad as they show. The way it looks to me is anything domestic is usually made to look worse than it is like how people always talk about how bad drug problems, teenage behavior, crime, etccc.. Then on the other hand when they talk about stuff like the war in Afghanistan, its often worse than they show because they want people to think things are going ok.
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The world is improving in a lot of ways that go unreported to the masses, also the masses don't bother to learn on their own so we're both at fault. I do still believe that the amount bad things happening in this world outweighs the good things and also goes unreported. So yes, I do believe the world is worse than we as in the world believe.
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Posted 7/13/13
this website seems to think we are doomed, and they give good scientifically backed evidence.

http://listverse.com/2013/07/02/10-reasons-the-future-will-be-terrifying/
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The bad news naturally gets more attention. The media will never say: "Oh, everything was great today and the sun is shining and the air is warm and everyone loves everyone else and nothing bad has happened." That doesn't get viewers.

This is why we are so paranoid. The media reports only bad things and twists words to make them sound even worse than they really are. And people eat it all up like it's the actual truth, and become quick to want to regulate everything and pass laws about everything. America. Yay.
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Media is the only reason journalists and reporters get a pay check. They paint a colorful picture that's all that is. Who cares about the the truth right? Interesting stories are more important than the truth.


CAUTION: For any simpletons who are reading this, in case you didnt know this is highly embedded with sarcasm.
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Posted 7/14/13

ZenZaku wrote:

To put it simply, we have paramedics and EMTs out there on a daily basis around the clock saving peoples lives. We rarely if at all hear about these people's contributions to our society.... until they just so happen to screw up like anyone else and suddenly it's national news. Why is this? Because the media outlets can't sell good news. Our current sensationalist media loves to throw how messed up our society is in our face day after day because people will watch it, thus upping their ratings and paychecks.




People don't go to hospital/clinic much as they should be. Why? The bills are expensive. And, they "mostly" being attend by paramedics/emts when everything is way too late or way too painful. 911 calls are not free. Ambulance rides are not free.

Did you know that in the Far East, people pay their doctors when they're healthy? When they're sick, they don't have to pay. So basically, they end up paying for what they want, not what they don't want. We've got it all ass-backwards, here.
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