They say we all love bad news, which is all we ever get these days.
The media exaggerates negative news. This distortion has consequences
News is about things that happen, not things that don’t happen. We never see a journalist saying to the camera, “I’m reporting live from a country where a war has not broken out”— or a city that has not been bombed, or a school that has not been shot up.
And so we have another something of the year article, this time a hundred news photographs from Reuters.
Lots of shouting, lots of people in dreadful situations, lots of heart-wrenching tragedies. None of it I really want to show here, to be honest.
It wasn’t all like that, though, thankfully. Remember these, for instance?
And if you want more, there’s this year’s Atlantic In Focus series:
Will 2019 look any different, I wonder.