Seems everyday there is something crazy and NEGATIVE going on. How crazy is it though? The media is projecting that the world is evil and bad things are happening all the time and everywhere, but is it really? I’m sure most like to think so but only because they like to having problems to fix. We want to be the savior, we want to be the hero, or at least on the winning team. I think somewhere along the line people forget that these stories we hear about or see on TV are first subjective, second embellished, and third replaced quickly with another one just like it or close to it on a daily basis. However, as a whole the literal actions of criminals are actually rare, right?
Well maybe but maybe not… we live in our surroundings and our surroundings are usually bordered by named boundaries giving us a certain form of zonal relationships with our peers and comfort ability within proximity to certain zones; whether it be your neighborhood, city, county, state or in most peoples minds, country. When the news is about something negative happening in the nation,state or community, people start to share a common empathy, curiosity, and awareness to those situations in their preferred zones. However, people sometimes don’t show much commonalty when viewing other peoples negative stories who reside outside their own zones, regardless of how similar their stories might be to your own.
When a person witnesses on the news terrible things happening everyday within their so-called zone then they will fall subject to fear, loathing, sadness or perhaps even anger. However, the damage’s are done, and the mind has been tarnished; until of course, mainstream media can turn a new leaf towards a more positive outlook. Positive stories are out there, but the human mind has been shaped into getting more excited by wanting to see good ruin evil. That can’t happen without first providing some kind of conflict that the media provides because the media knows what the human mind wants.
Unfortunately, good doesn’t always prevail over evil, thus never giving the viewer a successful ending of encouragement. Seeing this in a repetitive format tends to lean a person towards a negative mentality, always seeing more bad than good. Those who are still in search of a finalization resulting in triumph then broadcast this perception as fact.
When statistical evidence shows abundance in numbers as a whole for certain scenarios, the mind becomes worried and doesn’t see the correct math and averages. They see a number in whole and identify that with their own living environment majority. For instance, let’s say there were 15,000 murders nationally last year and every day you turn on the news there’s at least one murder that took place in your state. You would naturally assume that most of those 15,000 murders occurred within your zone. Your mind would tell you to be more aware of surroundings as well as the people you surround yourself with. This process leads to anxiety, fear and worrisome thoughts that have been exploited in the sake of ratings.
However, when you do the math you will realize that there are 15 million people who live in your state. When you divide the 15,000-murders rate with each of the 50 states, you come to 300 murders for each state. That’s about 1 murder every other day for every state. That might sound like a lot, (and it is… nobody should be murdered) but then take that amount and apply it to the population which now shows that 1 out of every 50,000 people are going to be a murdered. Those that murderer are usually gang members fighting another gang or a loved one in a fit of rage. These situational numbers can be applied to show even less amount of probability to you being murdered in something other than a gang war or by an angered loved one.
YES, in a populated metropolis, your averages go up because of population density within a land area. How many people in your “zone” live in each square mile? Some places its less than a 1000 and other places it can be in the thousands. Either way you look at it, you’re looking for a needle in a haystack. Perhaps you would need to worry if living in a very dense area such as New York City, which has 27,000 people per square mile. Doubtful however since the numbers above would imply that there would be one murder in every 2 square miles in all of New York’s 468 sq miles area, which would mean there are 234 murders in New York City (including the gangsters and angry loved ones) which houses just over 8 million residents. These totals show a city average of one out of every 36,000 people will be murdered. Which in my opinion isn’t bad considering that gang violence and angered loved ones are usually the majority of these statistics.
These numbers of course are just examples; however, in 2012 the FBI reported 14,837 total murders in the United States. This makes the above examples averages just a tad bit over real life statistics. So yes we see murder and crime in the news all the time and the primary reason is because it sells and we allow it to sell. We allow it to sell because we look for the thrill ride, we’re excited by fear and we want to fight evil. We seek justice and therefore need to know when justice is needed. We don’t envy murder, chaos, or turmoil like we do positive things and I think that’s the reason why positive things are secluded behind the negative stories. If everyday all we saw were positive stories of things we want in our lives, but can’t ever seem to obtain, then we’d grow jealous. We would become unappreciative of others accomplishments or their good luck, while then also becoming resentful.
The main goal of any media is get your attention, and the easiest way to do that is by fear mongering and exaggeration. Peoples emotions are preyed upon and taken advantaged of but it’s not like we don’t let it happen. News is news and it needs to be told regardless of circumstance, however it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to include a more positive format allowing a more balanced equilibrium to the public. These negatives stories are also used as propaganda by biased media organizations trying to gain your support for their ideals and political agendas. This leads back to the mentality of a viewer being swayed towards heroism for a cause that he or she may usually not care about. This of course happens when a negative story is heard over and over and over again.
So next time you are watching a negative news story in the media or hear a negative story from somebody you know; remember not to go over board with assumption that the world sucks and is an evil place that is trying to destroy itself. Remember that it is the storyteller’s job to find the story that is going to be told.They are great needle finders looking to fulfill what they already know the mind wants. So stop wishing to see what you know you wish would never happen and be grateful towards those who are able to receive the things you cannot. Only then, will the world look like a much better place to live and the story of life will go down in history as a positive one.