It’s All Doom and Gloom

Dear Mr. Media,

Whoever you are, can you please stop with all the doom and gloom reporting? I am sick and tired of turning on the television to discover the latest thing that threatens my life.

First it was Killer Bees, then it was Mad Cow Disease. That was quickly followed by West Nile Virus, then it was Listeria, and now Swine Flu.

Enough already! None of the other ones got me. And I refuse to be taken out by a tiny mosquito or a piece of pork.

I don’t think you need to try and scare the public all the time. Why not report on some good news stories more often? Those stories seem to be rare but what seems to be even rarer is anyone being afflicted by the above conditions. I don’t know anyone personally who has been. So please stop with all the doom and gloom.

Television news is like junk food for the brain. And I’m going on a diet.

Yours truly,

Chase March

10 responses to “It’s All Doom and Gloom”

  1. You’re so right. If you pay too much attention to this Swine Flu business on the news, you’ll be certain we’re all dying. Why all of this fear mongering? Does making the viewership panic really accomplish anything?

    Oh, and I’d like to point out that scaring people into staying home all of the time does not help this lousy economy at all. Thanks a heap, media!

    – Elle

  2. The reason they don’t report more good stories is simple. They are in business for money. And they believe they can get more money with doom and gloom.

  3. Hi Kay and Elle,

    Hi Miguel,

    You all make great points. Thanks for sharing.

    I just don’t understand why people buy into this. Maybe if we didn’t stand by and let the media sell this stuff, we could get some news that we could actually use and appreciate.

    Just a thought.

  4. I think I’ll join you on your diet. Should you not also include the newspaper? They’re just as guilty.

  5. Hi Witgirl,

    I don’t mind the newspaper because I can pick and choose what I want to read.

    Television news throws stories at us so fast that we don’t have time to be selective about the stories. It also doesn’t give us much chance to think about the story before it moves on to the nest one.

  6. Hi Rachelle,

    I totally agree. Not everything NEEDS to be news.

    I would be happy with weather, traffic, and some local good news stories. Of course there are always things we can benefit from knowing. Those stories would be okay too.

  7. Hi Chase,

    I fully agree that there’s too much bad news being reported. Surely journalists could play a more positive role in shaping our reality by at least reporting more of the good stuff that happens!

  8. Hi Daphne,

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Television news always seems to focus on the bad. At least with the newspaper, there are some good news items. The newspaper does a better job at promoting events and happenings in the community as well.

    I don’t know why television news can’t alter its format to be more useful and stop serving up all the bad aspects of life.

    Thanks for the comment.