Friday, December 10, 2004

Sad...but True!!!



With respects to Drew Litton's work for the Rocky Mountain News

This is unfortunately very true. This morning the ESPN.com page headlines, 4 stories were about something bad happening in the sports world.

We just witnessed an unbelievably good thing in the world of sports the other day, but the news coverage was crap. Mia Hamm retired, been a great thing for Women's soccer as well as the sports nation.

But isn't this just like our society? How many times can you watch the news and hear about something good going on in the world? I think it's great that a company like 9News gives out a 9 Who Cares Award, but isn't that sad that this is given out like once a week...if that?

What is this world coming to...

Posted by Steve

2 Comments:

Blogger RED said...

Not to mention Plummer giving the Bird!

8:19 AM  
Blogger CosmicPal said...

Because the old adage, "misery loves company" is true. Society feels better when bad things happen to people who are supposedly superior, wealthier, more talented, and/or financially better than they are. Without the flaws of those we look up to, we'd remain miserable and discontented with our own lives.

That is one reason, but the predominate reason is this: Bad news sells! We are a warlike society. We simply are not happy unless a building is blown up, a 45 car pile-up occurs on the highway, planes come crashing down out of the skies, children are being murdered, women being raped, and athletes dumbing themselves by drugs, fights, and ignorance.

The media is at a persistent and combative solicitation for more advertising dollars- they know in order to get the advertisers, they must provide something the audience wants to see- and unfortunately- the audience wants bad news. We want hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, and famines. The first station or paper to launch the news- reaps the biggest rewards.

Good news simply doesn't sell- and that's the bad news.

10:51 AM  

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