Media Hysteria Even Extends to Weather Reports

Of course, MONSTER STORM JUNO turned out to be much less disastrous than the media hyped it up to be. The commercial media and Internet hyping of every problem into a cataclysm continues its downward spiral, making media stories often useless in determining practical courses of action to deal with problems.
Of course it’s good to be prepared for challenges, but from terrorism to partisan politics to snow storms the media sows hype and inaccuracies to gain ratings. Viewers must learn to sort through the panic peddling to find the wise path to take to deal with risks and dangers.  Just like in our businesses, making the right choices requires critical thinking and leaving our comfort zones.
There was a time when the major media held itself back with basic journalistic integrity out of fear of being ridiculed as sensationalistic by the educated public. Once they saw most of the people less concerned with truth than seeking comfort and titillation, it was full speed ahead to hyping everything beyond all reason in news, politics and even the weather.  The good news is that we citizens created the problem, and we can solve it by demanding better from our media.  Start turning on our BS detectors, acknowledging the risks and uncertainties in life, and questioning the fear and hysteria being marketed to us daily.
Stay warm and comfy everyone, but don’t be afraid to stray outside now and then.
Cheers – TimTheBarGuy

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