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Day 311: Can news ever spread joy?

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For once let us imagine if every single news channel only shares headlines and breaking news that invariably talks about positive and happy news that showcases the altruistic and selfless side of people. Imagine reading a headline that talks about the extraordinary capabilities of individuals, the joyous occasions and  simple things in life. Well, I bet the world would be a different place. It is like this 'ripple effect' that will spread only waves of positive thoughts and continue to share only such news. Every time we set to read a newspaper or watch a news (any channel), all we read today is the hate and more hate. Every channel in every part is sharing either news about the natural calamities or most often the man-made ones. Then if none of these happen, then it is politics of religion, the politics of countries, power, and color. It just keeps spreading the 'hate' news more and more and all people are thinking about is how to keep themselves safe. In an information processing paradigm, there is surely a difference in how different genders process the message based on its valence. For instance, women are found to pay more attention and importance to positive news vs. men who can handle negative news too. The media sets the agenda for the kind of news they want to share and that shapes the perceptions of people/viewers. These have been studied for long and there have been significant results that showcase the importance of how news can influence perceptions. If that is the case, why aren't we just focusing on the good news for a little bit and share all good things from around the world. At least change the balance of good vs. bad news. May be it is the easiest way to sow seeds of goodness and joy in the minds of million viewers. 


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