Stop sen­sa­tion­al­ism

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

With the 24/7 news cy­cle, the ex­pan­sion of the news me­dia and so­cial me­dia, the com­pe­ti­tion for an au­di­ence is fierce. The pub­lic me­dia has com­bated the prob­lem by sen­sa­tion­al­iz­ing ev­ery­thing they can. This has left their au­di­ence with the prob­lem of know­ing what to do some­thing about and what is just hype. For in­stance, re­cently a “news” item sug­gested re­la­tions with Russia had de­te­ri­o­rated to the point where we were at the brink of war with them. So, was that a “keep watch­ing for more de­tails” teaser or is there some­thing here to worry about? Prob­a­bly the for­mer this time, but what about next time? How will we know when it is re­ally time to brush the cob­webs out of our bomb shel­ter, re­new our fresh wa­ter sup­ply and lay in food? Is the me­dia re­ally serv­ing the au­di­ence well with their sen­sa­tion­al­iz­ing?

Fred Mumma, Lusby

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