How the News Spoon Feeds Negativity to Society
When was the last time you walked away from the television happy and positive after watching the news? If you can’t recall a recent time or any time at all while thinking back, you may be shocked. But walking away depressed or stressed should not come as a surprise since the majority of what the news covers is violent, tragic and most of all negative. Television and more specifically the news feeds negativity to our society and promotes all too much fear. They are in complete control of what they air and consciously choose to show negativity because it makes for better ratings.
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”(145). While it is no secret that violence and stories that promote fear receive higher ratings, how far are we willing to go until the picture the news creates becomes a new reality.
Some would argue that there are plenty of other television shows to turn to. However, no show can quite give you what the news gives you. So in other words there is no substitute for the news. Plus what you haven’t heard on the news for yourself you; co-worker, teacher, family member or friend has most likely heard recent news and is quick to fill you in. News seems to surface quickly and spread like a wild fire. So in a way the negativity seemingly finds its way to you. As John Stossel points out in his article on how media coverage exaggerates danger, “You will be hammered with a host of frightening stories about crimes and terror… It’s the medias job to inform us, but does the amount of coverage reflect the risk we actually face.”(152). All the negative news builds up fear within our society, and most of the built fear is exaggerated.
More likely than not when you get up from watching the news you are going to feel some sort of sadness within you, or leave with a new fear that you had not previously had. The same news reporters could make the viewer feel secure by simply talking about positive things and good deeds. The news promotes to much fear and negativity to the viewer which ultimately can effect society as a whole.
Thesis: The news feeds negativity to our society and promotes all too much fear.
Stossel, John. “Extreme reality.” What matters in America. Ed. Gary Goshgarian. New York: Longman, 2010. 148-155. Print
Blyth, Myrna. “The Female fear Factor.” What Matters in America. Ed. Gary Goshgarian. New York: Longman, 2010. 144-148. Print