I’m what many would consider a lurker and respect the OPPO community for it’s diversity in culture, race and regions. With that said, I was reading the Sploid article below and was struck by something and wanted to know why this is. Mods sorry if this is out of place, delete if necessary.
In the article the line that bugs me is as follows, “So far, 2017 hasn’t exactly been a great year, but if you look hard enough, you’ll find the world is still filled with wonderful things.”
I’ll concede that there are plenty of negative articles and news stories to write about, but you don’t have to “look hard” to find the good stories. Why our society has such a thirst for negative stories is beyond my comprehension. There are plenty of fantastic groups that get little to no exposure that do fantastic work (habitat, Boys and Girls Club & Make a Wish to name a few). We could write a story on these every day, but that news doesn’t sell.
I guess my question is, why have we become so pessimistic?
Don’t get me wrong, there are always going to be things that suck, and we as a nation/community need to know them. I just feel that our media (all platforms) have begun to lean on shock and awe headlines for ratings alone. This isn’t fair nor healthy for anyone.
I live in the St Louis Metro area, so you can imagine what my news has been dominated with in the past 3 years, and I bet I can count on one hand the number of positive lead stories in the same time frame. If we quit consuming the negative rhetoric and hyperbole, we wouldn’t have to “look hard enough” to find wonderful stories in our communities. Apparently now, not only does sex sell, so does negativity.