I Don’t Give A Fuck About Packer’s Street Brawl!

The misrepresentation of the news is seriously pissing me off at the moment.

 

Grumpy Cat
Grumpy Cat (Photo credit: Scott Beale)

You can call me Middle-Aged Grumpy Cat if you want, because if the shoe fits, that’s fine with me.

 

But does the news seem more depressing these days or is it just that with social media it’s in our face all the fucking time?

 

It’s probably just ANOTHER sign of age that I even care, but one of the few great bits about getting older is being allowed an intolerance to JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. I also get to mount my soapbox now and again.

 

Well, all the time.

 

I’m sure there was a time when I used to get up in the morning and be excited about reading the newspaper. These days, my enjoyment of what was once a relaxing pastime is clouded by fear of what terrible atrocity I’m going to read about next.

 

I firmly believe that one of the reasons behind the increase in depression in young people these days is the link to them having too much awareness?

 

OF COURSE WE NEED TO BE INFORMED, but whenever I surf the net these days, the news is always so terrible. And Monday mornings are bad enough.

 

What’s worse is that I feel helpless to do anything about these awful things. So I did share a post about the plight of the Nigerian schoolgirls this morning, but what’s that really going to do to help them other than increase awareness or appease my social conscience?

 

In the last few months we’ve seen the loss of a plane, a ferry of children and two hundred school girls. We’ve experienced sink holes, flooding and mud slides and we now know for certain that kids all over the world have been sexually abused without anyone lifting a finger for decades.

 

Yet the media decide what they want us to know, even if it’s just about some wealthy tosser getting himself involved in a street scuffle. 

 

I am appalled at how much I found myself sucked into the death of Peaches Geldof recently, as well as other celebrities who have died from drug use. THIS, WHEN INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE THE INNOCENT VICTIMS OF WAR AND NATURAL DISASTER. But that’s what the media wants us to invest in – celebrities get views.

 

But morally-speaking, should a minor celebrity’s death really take precedence over the kidnap of two hundred innocent schoolchildren?

 

Don’t we run the risk of becoming blasé in our reaction and passive about action?

 

Remember in the good old days when the bad news was tempered by good news stories, occasionally? Remember the stories about talking dogs and women who played spoons to make music?

 

I want to read more about survivors and the positive effects of scientific research, or newly implemented laws that have come about because people got behind them.

 

A miracle or two wouldn’t go amiss, either.

 

I don’t want to stick my head in the sand but I want some balance to the news. I’ll say it again – I don’t give a fuck about Packer in a street brawl.

"This looks like some good sand in which ...
“This looks like some good sand in which to bury my head” (Photo credit: quinn.anya)

 

I was at a meeting about Kids on Speed, a series shown on the ABC about medicating kids with ADHD, recently. Several groups of parents and professionals were there to challenge the producer about his responsibility towards the choice of the sensationalist title for the series. He admitted that if the series had been called something more banal like “What IS ADHD”, for example, the network wouldn’t have drawn the necessary viewing figures.

 

To my mind, that is clear-cut misrepresentation? And worst of all, it’s misrepresentation that plays with people’s lives.

 

Why do the media get to play God? And does anyone give a fuck about Packer’s street brawl? 

 

 

 

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14 thoughts on “I Don’t Give A Fuck About Packer’s Street Brawl!

  1. I’m with you on not giving a fuck. And I’m with you on the depressing state of the news – and why is it that Mondays are always worse?! I turned the car on this morning and the first thing I heard on the radio was about two people injured over the weekend in separate incidents who subsequently died. I mean, come on, what kind of a start to the week is that?!

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  2. I’m with you too. I have to go on media diets and stay away from the news for a few days here and there to save my sanity. When I was in school for journalism we learned all about the “gate keepers.” Those at the top of the media rung decide what is newsworthy and what is not, often times to boost ratings and sales. It’s sickening. On the front page of the CNN website today it features sad news, sad news, relevant news, more sad news and then “SNL: Don’t Dis Beyonce.” Really?!

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  3. I agree with you totally! And that makes this not just an Australian problem since I am in the US. Do know, however, this is not a new complaint. For several generations at least, it’s always been that way: “If it bleeds it leads,” after all. There are a few services that you can sign up for that will provide good and inspiring news. I am sure a google search would turn them up. There was even a print magazine here several years ago, that was dedicated to the good and inspiring news that never makes it to the headlines.

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    1. I think I’m just more exposed to it now having various social media accounts as well as reading the news sites. May have to ‘unlike’ the news sites on my FB page and return to the news from my friends.

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      1. We ditched our TV over 10 years ago now. My only radio input is Public Radio (npr.org) where I set up a play list from the day’s offerings. I am careful what media I allow into my life, like streaming digital (Amazon, Netflix, etc.) or even movies on “date night”. Also, I purposely do not have a facebook or other social media accounts in part for this reason and in part because I do not support such predatory business practices (if you don’t know what I am talking about just ask here or privately.) I never read newspapers (because if it bleeds it leads) and choose my magazines with care.

        I have had to do this because of reasons you outline, plus I am particularly sensitive to depression over such “news” so I decided if we went to war on home ground someone would tell me, and otherwise, I am better without the “news”. I have had people tell me (only once, BTW) that I am being politically irresponsible or some such type of thing to which I counter with “put the oxygen mask on yourself first!” before telling them off.

        I recommend you husband your spirit a bit more by avoiding such poison and concentrating on uplifting information from sources you actively seek out.

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      2. That’s a brave choice. It’s a bit of a catch 22 for me because I need to keep myself informed for my writing, but it does have a detrimental effect on my outlook. I think I need to choose who I follow more carefully, as you say.

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  4. Totally agree however I do want to know who lost the tooth and if a particular head hit a brick wall I’m imagining, blog clot, brain damage, cracked skull, stitches, a wandering mind. I so hope they find those girls soon. x

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  5. RE: overload of bad news in the media, I thought this might interest you:
    http://reason.com/archives/2014/05/21/good-news-for-optimists

    That article introduces a new (to me) term, “Fear Porn”, which strikes me as so appropriate. The hormones that cascade through our system when we are exposed to stress, anxiety, fear, and constant turmoil are actually addictive. Further the article claims that we are hardwired to give more attention and brain-space to negative input. IMHO that’s why we have to be ever-vigilant to purposely counteract mainstream media’s input.

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      1. Well, on the good news hand, we can thwart the worst intentions and efforts of the media by voting with our feet, eyes, cognitive attention and most importantly with our currency. Further, we can look at this as a “boundary issue,” like being continually imposed upon by a very annoying family member or neighbor, and think about all that entails: psychological defenses and vigilance and purposeful repeated boundary setting of the concrete kind… in my case, I threw out the TV long ago…. And then there are some techniques that could be called “spiritual” but are also very practical, like regular meditation. Regular meditation actually changes the physical structure of the brain, growing neurons in the “happiness” centers of the brain. With those parts of the brain “wired together” and “firing together,” it is actually easier, emotionally, physically, psychologically, hormonally (yes, really) to place our cognitive awareness on other parts of our surrounds and to better ignore the intrusive efforts of the negative media. At least that what my research and my personal experience indicates.

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