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President & CEO, Public Radio International (PRI)


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What do you want from the news?

What do you want from the news each day? Do you get it? How does the news impact you each day? How does it make you feel?

Is the news positively impacting your life? Why or why not?

Answers that explain in personal narrative how the news impacts you are greatly welcomed!


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    Apr 9 2011: I actually want to hear and see some good, positive, funny news. It's all about wars, lack of money, nature disasters, and it's just enough. Wouldn't it be nice to wake up in a world where the headlines are about some great thing our humanity discovered, performed, did..?
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      Apr 9 2011: Exactly my point. As if there isn't enough negativity in the world and under-appreciation of all the positivity out there, now we have news stations to just crash it all into our lives no matter where we turn. This is complete psychological abuse and all the news networks know this very well. But who cares when it makes you so much money...
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      Apr 10 2011: I agree with you.
      but news is good even bad, negative, and distracting ones provided that they are accompanied with useful tips and solutions. otherwise just knowing what happened does not make any difference except making people upset. the point is that what should be done and not what is happening . If you tell people there is fire in the building they just get anxious, upset and do not know what to do. you have to show the exit door and safe ways of overcoming the problems as well.
      otherwise, in a long run, it would make people ignorant and they would not even empathize any more.
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        Apr 10 2011: Agreed. At the moment, all you see is the problems and that's exactly what the government wants. That you be in a constant state of fear.
        • Apr 11 2011: It is my tendency to think like this, however, of course the argument is that the good news is usually less dramatic than the bad and thus produces lower ratings. As long as news is a commercial product and television and newspapers are still holding the amount of gravitas as they do today, news will always fall to the draw of the lowest common denominator.

          Of course, in line with the more cynical belief that the news is used as some kind of population engineering tool, it does fall down to a chicken and egg scenario, although I would say, human beings simply have an evolutionary tendency to give information about what jepordises their safety a priority over uplifting aspirational news and developments.
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        Apr 11 2011: couldn't agree more.

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