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Has anyone else noticed that some news stations (on broadcast and cable television) really put a big emphasis on the terrible things in the world? Story after story is just murder, vandalism, economy problems, etc. Then there are others that offer some good, uplifting stories in the mix as well – the kind where somebody helps build a house for a vet, where teens put on a community event, etc.

Why is there such a difference between these two styles? Who wants to hear the negative stuff ALL THE TIME!? I know sensationalism sells, but there are some great stories out there that aren’t filled with blood, bullets, and booze.

MSE

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3 Responses

  1. Just imagine people in a thousand years time finding our news reels thinking what horrible times we must have lived in!

    But I guess different countries have different levels of sensationalism. I travelled between countries when the stock market, etc died at the end of 2008 and the UK was by far the worst. They made it sound like the world was ending forever and there was absolutely no hope for the world. Really depressing.

    • Haha! Yeah. A thousand years from now they’ll think that we were just a bunch of lunatics.

      I didn’t know that about the UK. That is depressing.

  2. Leads one to think maybe, just maybe, we listen to these folk too much and let them determine too much about how we feel or think.

    I have chosen to listen to very little of the “news programing” from any station for over a year now. Interestingly enough I still know a lot about what is going on, but am less troubled by it in the overall. It all needs to be filtered through a Christ perspective. That can only be done in the individual. Unbelievers will be bound by the sensational – they really have no choice but to be led by their natural senses.

    We, however, have a choice about that.

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