Saturday, January 03, 2009

Media sells bad news and inflates disasters


77% of Americans believe that the US media is making the economic situation worse by projecting fear into people’s minds.

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- Household Income $75k - more - 78% answered YES
- 85% of young adults (18-24 yrs old) answered YES

ZDN


Big surprise. Bad news sells. "Everything is going just fine" makes for boring newspaper. Back in the 1970s or so, people loved to read that in a newspaper. But panic, fear, terror, misery, compassion, bittersweet, are all the type of drama that sells.

This means however that when any disaster could possibly be occurring, it gets hyped to the gills, causing people to respond like a terrified mass, screaming through the nation causing others to panic as well. Remember when H5N1 (bird flu) was going to kill us all?

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