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Post Reply The world....is it as bad as the media makes it seem?
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Posted 7/18/13
I think its worse.
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Posted 7/18/13 , edited 7/18/13
The world is a beautiful place, I get a hard on for life every single day.

Probably doesn't mean anything though since I get a hard on for macabre
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Posted 7/18/13 , edited 7/18/13
They like to focus in on the worst stuff, which is why I don't understand why my parents always watch the news.
It's just so negative.. there might be a happy report here and there, but all you hear is the worst.

Well, besides stupid reports like Justin peeing in a bucket or whatever
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Yes and no, sometimes the media lies about a few things to further their own goals and sometimes they don't lie... so I think it's better to judge the world for yourself than to let the media do it for you.
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Probably not. We just happen to have an excess of information now. We talk about how the media is a sham, and there are certainly areas where this holds true, but it's also important to note that at no other point in history have we had the opportunity to be so informed about global events. There have been tragedies happening all around the world throughout history, but due to mass communication we now know about every one, and in high definition.
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Nah. The media pretty much reports a disproportionate number of bad events compared to good ones. And it will twist things to make the bad things seem worse.
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Posted 7/21/13
it's worse.
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It's worse then the media makes it seem. Nowadays, you got 12 year olds giving bjs, smoking, etc. You rarely see kids who actually put forth effort into academics, and society seems like it's just gonna fall apart.
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The world is absolutely fucking awful. Too much apathy and dishonor, not enough ambition and pride.
Posted 7/21/13
It's all about perception. Look at the world around you, not at what others want to show you. See the world through your own eyes.

My world is beautiful, alive, and full of hope for the future.
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the news focus to much on the negative so of course the world seems like a bad place
thats why i don't really watch the news since i don't want to hear about how many people were killed by a disaster or terrorist attack
or the worst and the one that will affect me most even without watching the news economize/save of money you know tax increase and all that annoying stuff
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have you noticed Detroit went bankrupt
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my message to the media:

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Posted 7/21/13

TheBoundWoman wrote:

I think its worse.


I think so, too. The media only has so much room to report crazy stories.
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I don't know if I'm right about this, but I do want to just give a thought to consider.

The media is entertainment. Thus, as entertainers, reporters seek to report on the things that are interesting to the consumers. Now, if the media is reporting only on "bad stuff" (which they don't -- some of it is "good"), then it means that, very probably, the readers/viewers/consumers are more interested in the bad stuff, which means that the good stuff is, very probably, uninteresting to them. To me, that means that good things happening is unremarkable. If you think about it, that means that it's entirely possible that good things/people have have become so commonplace as to become boring. I mean, could you imagine a world in which someone giving money to the poor was newsworthy? A world in which someone dying tragically was trite and standard?

Ignoring (as much as I can) personal biases and assumptions, the data seems to show that people think good things are boring to hear about, and bad things are remarkable. To me, that implies one of two things:

1. People are, by nature, attracted to hearing about bad things (for some reason that is incomprehensible to me) or,
2. Good things are too common to care about, and bad things are rather rare enough to be interesting.

The reason that I think it's probably more the second is that I can imagine a world in which people are murdered, raped, and tortured in droves, and in which someone caring about someone else is an oddity. In that world, I can also pretty easily conclude that news stories would primarily report mostly on the stupidity of the people that trust others and just give their money to complete strangers. A story about a tragic murder would receive comments like: "So? I've lost 47 friends in the last month. What's so special about this guy?"

As much as I love to criticize the world and society, the data seems to tell me that it's mostly a "good" place. It could just be that news reporters don't know what's interesting to people, but I don't think many would continue to watch if that was the case. Based on this, I propose that kindness is unremarkable, commonplace, and not worth reporting on. The fact that the media thinks these bad things are worth reporting on does say something about the world -- namely, that bad things are the oddity, not the standard.
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