Sunday, 11 July 2010

How to protect your serenity against the negative bias of daily news (Part 2 of 6)


The media feed bad news to those who are thirsty to receive them. Individuals who believe that man can do little to improve his lot will find their view confirmed by depressing television images. People who are convinced that no one is to be trusted will feel themselves reasserted by acrimonious debates on talk-radio.

In this way, dispiriting messages attain their recipients with laser-like precision. No discouraging word is wasted before reaching its audience. No gloomy prediction remains ignored. The machine of saddening news works to perfection at destroying hope and inspiration.

Those who love dark forecasts won't have any difficulties finding information containing threatening predictions. Those who want to hear about poverty and dereliction have plenty of television stations to choose from. Those who believe that the next crisis is going to wipe out their savings won't have to search long for a talk-radio host that confirms their worst fears.

Nevertheless, despite the massive barrage of depressing messages, many individuals remain unaffected by anxiety and depression. Instead of seeking out alarming news, they read newspapers sparingly; instead of watching calamities on television, they focus their efforts on activities that can improve their lives.

To be continued in Part 3

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by Bert K under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]

How to protect your serenity against the negative bias of daily news (Part 2 of 6)


The media feed bad news to those who are thirsty to receive them. Individuals who believe that man can do little to improve his lot will find their view confirmed by depressing television images. People who are convinced that no one is to be trusted will feel themselves reasserted by acrimonious debates on talk-radio.

In this way, dispiriting messages attain their recipients with laser-like precision. No discouraging word is wasted before reaching its audience. No gloomy prediction remains ignored. The machine of saddening news works to perfection at destroying hope and inspiration.

Those who love dark forecasts won't have any difficulties finding information containing threatening predictions. Those who want to hear about poverty and dereliction have plenty of television stations to choose from. Those who believe that the next crisis is going to wipe out their savings won't have to search long for a talk-radio host that confirms their worst fears.

Nevertheless, despite the massive barrage of depressing messages, many individuals remain unaffected by anxiety and depression. Instead of seeking out alarming news, they read newspapers sparingly; instead of watching calamities on television, they focus their efforts on activities that can improve their lives.

To be continued in Part 3

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by Bert K under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]