Do people like good news or bad news on the newspaper?

China
March 18, 2008 4:21am CST
There are two streams of reporting style in the world -- coverages of good news, and coverages of bad news. The media in some country, which I don't like to name, always give priorities to the good news. Their coverages are, in huge proportion, about good things that happen to these countries. Yet, the Western media do have a preference for negative news, celebrities' scandals and government incompetence. You are right in saying that every newspaper takes a stand, but the stand of a newspaper should represent people's tastes. Why, I wonder, let's not consider the situation outside Western world, why people prefer to read scandals, and negative news? I am right in drawing this assumption?
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@nic_knick (741)
• China
8 Aug 08
Most of the media stand for the government of the country, and they report the documentaries from the government and the spirit of the leaders. So all they have on their newspaper is something good about the government, they dare not to talk about the mistakes made by the government or just like you said, coverage of bad news. But it is good that we are still able to find some local newspaper or those little or small papers are talking about the truth, which is fabulous, of course, and we get to know quite a lot of information we cannot get from those big papers.
• China
8 Aug 08
I am rather concerned about the current situation of newspapers. Indeed, we do have the tabloids, which to some extend, serve as the conscience of our society. How ever, the effectiveness and credibility of this social conscience has aroused so much controversy, as they dispatch the paparazzi teams for a single picture of the celebrities at all costs. And their sensational stories, which is often read on many newspaper articles, are believed to be fabricated. Take a second thought. People always talk about the truth, but is it really feasible for all us to know nothing but the truths? Will you agree with me in saying that truths are in our hearts, and differ from individual to individual?
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• China
8 Aug 08
I do believe that the truth is inside out hearts. We feel the truth, even though we cannot read it everywhere in the newspaper. But maybe those big media needs their work for the government to survive, I bet this is the reason why they refuse to report the exact details sometimes.
@snowy22315 (76090)
• United States
25 May 08
I guess I may like to hear good news more,but I am probably more intersted in bad news. I think this is how the public thinks in general. That is probably why we hear more bad news than good.
• China
8 Aug 08
I would say it is another kind of unhealthy development of the news industry. They simply feed people with the information that they are glad to hear and try to manipulate public opinions. The emergence of news press was indeed help people to better understand this world, yet it has fallen into the most effective measure of the authorities, regardless of nationalities, to implement their policies and implant their ideologies.
@nengs10 (3188)
• Philippines
18 Mar 08
Negative news and scandals always awaken people's consciousness since they are intriguing. People hold on to those kind of stuff because it entertain them. For some, they listen to it to know what's been happening in the society they belong to. Reasons differ for every individual.
• China
18 Mar 08
Thank you for your reply. That's fresh to me that bad news awaken people's consciousness. I think it makes sense.
@nic_knick (741)
• China
8 Aug 08
Thank you so much for marking my answer the best one, it is my first lucky time to get this honor, I will keep on trying hard. Thanks again. Have a good day.