I hope I am just a bitter old fanatic left-wing academic has-been who has no clue. I hope the obsessive media coverage of terror will not have the slightest effect on deranged peoples’ choice to use terror.
They’ve been droning all morning in the radio about Manchester. The scores of children elsewhere in the world who were killed last week in similar bombings barely gets a notice … We should think very, very carefully about how much news junk we let into our minds – especially if we get our news from the 24 hour channels that show endless reruns.
It affects us, more than we know. It is NOT an objective view of the world.
And now I will say a prayer for the poor families of Manchester. I feel now more than ever how horrible it could be to lose a child and I hope I will never experience it.
But I need to remember that despite the horror this is just the news going bananas, zooming in on the most scary thing right now.
It is not all.
Whatever the exact percentage, the majority of news from the old media (papers, TV, radio) IS concerned with something negative, one way or the other.
And it is concerned with US. 110 per cent. Not very much everybody else.
And these stories from the seemingly ‘objective news media’ subtly affect your mind.
They make you by default have a more negative outlook on the world and feel that it is more dangerous – ‘closer to home’ – by over-reporting deaths caused by such a horrible attack compared to the thousands of people killed every year by smoking, including children. Or compared to deaths in other parts of the world.