Day 201. Flawed Thinking

My post yesterday generated some very interesting comments.  Several people mentioned good news doesn’t sell papers.  Which is the reason why newspapers and no moneymagazines and news and current affairs shows, on both television and radio, are almost exclusively full of bad news.

The thinking being, when you scare people they listen.  And watch.  And read.  You get their attention.  You attract an audience.

At least that’s the conventional wisdom.  That’s what folks in the biz say.

Well, I’m here to tell you, I think they’re on crack.  Not those of you who read and commented on my blog yesterday.  You’re only repeating what you’ve heard and read.  I mean, the media honchos, who are drinking the Kool-Aid.   Hell, they’re not merely drinking the stuff.  They’re making it!  And forcing us to drink it.  Or at least they’re trying to make us drink it.

No Kool-Aid for me, thanks.  It’s never been on my list of favourite beverages. Continue reading

Day 200. Trying Times

Yesterday a reader commented, on my post, about avoiding the news for the last few months, because of how depressing it is.  It’s true.  It’s terribly disillusioning.  Todisallusioned prove it, I decided to get yesterday’s Globe & Mail out of my recycling bin and give the headlines a quick scan.  To see if I could find anything remotely positive or pleasant:

Let’s start with the front page.  “Why Generation Y Should Fear Retirement”.  Hmmm.  Shoot me now.  Not that I’m a young adult, but still.  Moving further down the page, “SNC bribery probe widens to Algeria”.  Not exactly cheerful, either.

So then I checked the index, to get an idea of what I had to look forward to, inside the paper.  Not much, as it turned out. “Montreal’s mayor declares he is not under investigation after a raid at City Hall by anti-corruption police.”  “Ottawa’s new ambassador of religious freedoms is at risk of being marginalized by Foreign Affairs, an expert warns”.

Jumping for joy yet?  NOT!

“Former US. congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., the son of the famous civil-rights leader, pleads guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign funds in personal luxuries.  “A day after home crowds booed the team off the ice, the Buffalo Sabres Continue reading