Media Sensationalism Drives this Society ....

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  1. righteousdude2

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    I find it absolutely amazing how something can be all over the news channels, and even this board, but, completely disappear once its newsworthiness loses value.

    For instance: What has been happening with the US Marine in a Mexican prison? What is going on with Sgt. Bergdahl? Where does the IRS and NSA investigation stand? What has become of the VA scandal? What is happening in Ferguson and is there any news on the cop who shot the black teen? Did the children coming over the border just cease to exist, and where are those thousands of kids and adults right now? Did all those shelters [for the illegal childre] at military bases just close up and go away? Why has Benghazi not been at the front of news reports everyday, after all four Americans died? Have we already forgotten about the three men beheaded just weeks earlier? How come no one is reporting on the continued problems with Obamacare? What about the Major who killed 14 people at Fort Hood? What's going on with all the uproar over the illegals and the lack of security at the border? And talking about the border, how are the Texas National Guard making out? Why is no one up in arms over the take-over of Crimea, and the continued meddling of Putin in Ukraine?

    It's as if all of these very important news stories have lost their luster, and no longer matter. Now these stories, if being reported on, can be found tucked neatly and deeply away on page 14 of the local newspaper?

    We truly live in a society that is driven by what is "Hot at the moment!" Breaking News is the talk of the town until something new comes along, and then like an old soldier, they seem to fade away.

    I can't help but think that for all the good media does for us by keeping us informed of events and incidents going on all around us, they are also guilty of working people up in a lather, and then leaving them to fend on their own.

    IMHO, the media is doing a major disservice to society by not following up on the lead stories, months and even years after they were the talk of the town! So, I'm interested .... What do you think of the short shelf life of Breaking News Stories, and how would you fix the problem if you could fix it? Or does it need fixing? Maybe the best thing that could happpen to a hot story is for it to fade like a withering flower under the sweltering heat of a hot summer day?

    I can think of one hot story that seemed to be whipping up anger and a near riot was in Ferguson, and it has all but disappeared. And that is a good thing, as that city was close to igniting into a full on riot. And now that I asked, does anyone know if Eric Holder and his team are still there investigating, or are they back in DC tending to another fire?

    So, do you think that "Media Sensationalism Drives this Society?" And is it good, bad or just something we have to live with and not take so seriously? I know I'd like to know what you think, in fact, I think inquiring minds want to know? :type:

    PS - I know FOX covers these events, but they are hard to find on the local news networks like on CBS, NBC and ABC.
     
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  2. Revmitchell

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    I see reports on all those things every day.
     
  3. righteousdude2

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    I do to, but they are no longer the hot topics they were. It's as if the media no longer really cares. Like I said they are buried deep in our paper, or barely mentioned in a passing lance of words by the late news.

    FOX covers, I guess I should have said that CBS, ABC and NBC have got their ratings and now moved on!
     
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    Three items: O.J. Simpson, Iphones, and Fox News car chases. It is all about keeping the attention of a stupid public enamored with the latest Shiny Thing in front of them.
     
  5. righteousdude2

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    You are right on OJ. I lived in the county at thetimt, and we had OJ - 24/7. And car chases are a weekly event and when you can't find a local network that is not covering the chase to its end., means no weather, news and most importantly - SPORTS! The networks agreed, at one time to not give these guys coverage, but that went out the window when one network carried a chase again and now it's all about which copter has the best view. BORING!
     

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