It’s a pretty well known problem that our insatiable desire for sex and violence creates a market for ever-increasingly sensationalized news broadcasts. You can complain about the scare tactics and low-rent scandal that makes up a large percentage of the media’s focus, but when you complain at the media you have four complaints complaining back at you. Or something like that. It’s close. The point is that we are the ones who create the market for garbage television and nightmare news, and so that’s why those things exist. We want it! Give it to us! Of course, one legitimate complaint that you CAN make about local news broadcasts is that this hunt for the lowest common denominator is just too lazy when there are plenty of embarrassing and exploitative things that you probably shouldn’t bother putting on television if you’re a good person but since you are not a good person (you being the news?) then why don’t you stretch yourself and try harder. For example, how about a teenager who is crying so hard but in a way that is very funny? You shouldn’t put that on TV because he is just a kid facing an upsetting situation and his crying doesn’t add any informational detail or clarity to the story. But it’s very funny, that’s one thing we can all agree on.
IT’S CALLED NEWS, AND NOW YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND YOU. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. (Via WarmingGlow.)