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Why do I read the newspaper?

candle flameMy father used to say that people didn’t change, that one generation was made of the same stuff as the last, and the next. But when I suck in the daily dose of anger and greed and violence and intolerance, it’s hard for me to believe that my father would have recognized these people or their behavior. I know there are people out there doing good, making art, inspiring laughter, but their efforts seem the dimmest candle flame against the engulfing darkness of despair.

One response to “Why do I read the newspaper?

  1. Marsha March 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Your point is well taken, Judy. In fact a famous social psychology study years ago tested the change in world view that was brought about in a town whose newspaper intentionally printed only bad news (i.e., upsetting stories). Over time, the town’s residents changed from positive views of the world to quite negative.

    I have often told people who are afraid of flying that if the news media would print each day the number of airplanes that take off and land safely (literally thousands) they wouldn’t think of flying in as life-threatening.

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