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The Emotional Media Deluge

Are we emotionally equipped to handle constant alarmist news?

Any media outlet irrespective of bias or ownership wants - needs - to gain your attention. The old axiom of any newspaper, 'if it bleeds it leads,' means that the most emotionally-charged stories, especially if accompanied by charts or photographs that engender an emotional response, are what belong on the front page above the fold.

There is a scene in The Shipping News where a seasoned reporter (Billy) is instructing a new reporter (Quoyle) about how to make his newspaper story attract readers. They are standing near the ocean and Billy says, "You [...]    

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