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1. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 7y

For those who watch the news on a regular basis, it must have at one point or another, come across as predominantly 'bad'. I'm not referring to the quality per se, but the actual content reported.

Whenever I switch over to the news, I can quite safely wager a bet that it starts with 'an ongoing conflict somewhere' before we're led into 'a murder somewhere else'. Then before the whole heavy stuff ends, we see 'a dog that jumps over hoops while balancing teacups on its head'.

Question is, what percentage of the news in your country is devoted to 'bad news'?

Is reporting uplifting/good news in your country a rarity?

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 7y

Ofcourse news is almost always bad. We wouldn't be interested if its always good and lovely and butterflies. People want something to talk and complain about. Fact for most people is that bad news, as long as it doesn't affect you personally and directly, is always interesting. Media is also often used for propaganda purposes. Think about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Most people think an Israeli life is worth way more than a Palestinian life.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

Still, some bad news can make me personally very happy

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

Still, some bad news can make me personally very happy

Like the American soldier in Afghanistan fighting Talibanfreaks in his pink underwear and slippers?

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting Utrecht

Still, some bad news can make me personally very happy

Like the American soldier in Afghanistan fighting Talibanfreaks in his pink underwear and slippers?

Was sexy picture, no??!! Duty called.

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I honestly think the style of news reporting is very similar in most countries and definitely in the more democratic ones. The slant a new story takes depends on the country and it's politics. It all seems to play to the old adage, "So, what do you want to hear first - the bad news or the good news?". Most of us choose the bad news just to get it out of the way of the good news. End every "conversation" on a high note, in theory.

Regardless of the network, our national newscasts state in the beginning what that evening's stories will be - giving the viewer an idea of what they want to watch. ABC starts out with "Our top stories tonight... (which are always the serious (bad) stuff and they end on a high note). On Friday evenings, they have the Person(s) of the Week which is meant to end the work week with someone doing something really cool. I look forward to the Person(s) of the Week story and will see the next installment in about 6.5 hours from now (or thereabouts).

I don't particularly care for the sensationalizing that the networks do to promote viewership. I find that to be condescending to those of us who actually use our brain and pay attention to the world around us. But, considering the vast number of people who view the telecasts - the networks cater to the median. To comment further on what Wouter said, people like watching a train wreck as long as they aren't on the train. (This is why reality shows have such high ratings. People like watching other people's misery as long as it doesn't involve them personally.)

6. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

This thread reminds me of Angus Deayton's comment 'good news for glaziers' after the bombing of Canary Wharf.

7. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

We've had some really good news here in GB over the last fortnight. One by one, a multitude of members of parliament have been caught fiddling their expenses. Some to the tune of tens of thousands of pounds. The resignations have started this week. It's so great to see all those cronies who continually condemn the slightest crime, getting caught for what is, pretty much, money laundering en-masse.

8. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

Years ago, on the Mary Tyler Moore show, she convinced her boss to do an "All Good News" news broadcast. They struggled to find good news and ended up with a shmaltzy nauseating show that even Mary didn't like. And people complained.

If you try to make an all good news program, I'll watch it a couple of times in support. But it'll fail. There is an adage in news, "If It Bleeds, It Leads" Not because the newspeople want it that way, but because the public does.

9. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

I given up on the news here in Philly. Between this city and camden there are a couple murders a day. so that is all the news is anymore. Do they really need to report every drug dealer that was killed?

and when they stop talking about murders they talk about some stupid celebrity adopting a baby or being a drunk. ocassionally they report the rich white girl that was kidnapped in utah or something along those lines.

I don't expect it to be happy all the time but it'd be nice if they, idunno.... reported some political issues every once in a while.

10. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 7y

In fact it's something that can be explained really easy. News is everything that is not normal, so that is what you see on the news. In most cases that will be the wars, murders, etc.