October 15, 2005

"The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones."

This quote by William Shakespeare is so true. Most people would agree that the news is full of crimes and basic bad news, but there has got to be good news out there, right?

I think a lot of it has to do with the desire of the audience. Like Dave Krajicek states in in "Covering Crime & Justice," hearing about terrible events in other places reassures those unconnected to the crime. It goes back to the "that can't happen to me" thought process. As long as the crime doesn't directly effect their lives, then it's dangerous & exciting.
"The more newspapers print articles about criminals in other places...the more secure readers feel in their own environments. In essence, readers like the grass to be browner on the other side of the fence, and the browner the better."

Think of a horror film. The creepier, scarier, wilder, the better--because it's not real. As long as the audience is secure that the boogeyman really can't them, let the actors on the screen get slaughtered. Both the news reports and movies give cheap thrills, except we normally feel some sort of sympathy for the real-life victims.

I've discussed before that I wish there was more good news reported, but I'm sure if journalists started reporting the good news, we'd probably gripe that there wasn't even real news. That's society for 'ya.

Posted by KatherineLambert at October 15, 2005 10:46 AM


Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 16, 2005 08:44 AM

It is true....people feed off the madness.

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 18, 2005 11:09 PM

Good comparison between horror films and crime reporting, Katie.

Posted by: ChrisU at October 19, 2005 10:23 AM
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