“…news programming tends to breed cynicism and helplessness.”
IMHO. (ccr) A diet of “broadcast news” is mostly “sugar, salt, starch and fat”.
Consider the parable of the blind men and the elephant. The broadcast news very
seldom gives one the whole elephant. To get the “proteins and vitamins” of life, one
needs to make short work of “BREAKING NEWS”, turn off TV and read a book, go the
symphony, an art gallery or better yet, give your time to a friend.
Do you turn on TV news most days? You’re probably not doing yourself or your family any favors.
What you bring into your home is tragedy, violence and the worst of human behavior. Study after study has shown that news programming tends to breed cynicism and helplessness.
Yes it’s important to be informed, but the kind of coverage found in network and cable news is usually superficial. And worse, it’s skewed to visuals and headlines chosen for shock value. That’s what boosts rating. In-depth information that advances real comprehension isn’t what TV news delivers. As a result, viewers are more likely to become pessimistic, fearful and unable to gauge reality.
The phenomenon is called Mean World Syndrome.
It’s based on the research of George Gerbner. His analysis showed that the violent content of news and entertainment convinces viewers that the world is more dangerous than it actually is. Back…
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