CFN – I bet you clicked on this story.
I bet you’re reading it right now.
You’re looking for the dish and the dirt.
You’re looking for blood; for the bone sticking out of the car wreck.
The dead body maybe?
A foot without a shoe?
The news is becoming more and more garish.
Facebook and Social media in particular show things that never would be on the media one, two, or three decades ago and people are insatiable for it apparently?
There are even websites devoted to the macabre “sport” of oogling others suffering, but I won’t link to them as they get enough traffic.
For the record I have not in fact pinched any puppies and stay away from baby carriages because frankly; the little gaffers are kinda stinky and noisy.
With over 8,000 stories published in under six years I really have seen what the public clicks on. I’ve been accused of only writing bad stories, yet the numbers clearly do not bare that falsehood out. What the numbers show is that you, yes you! Click on the stories you choose and frankly your taste lies to the negative. You can say it’s not true, but your fingers don’t lie.
There’s a reason why network media is all doom and gloom. It comforts us. And that same reason is why one local rag which claims to only run good news is rarely read and considered such an utter joke. (not to mention lying about their engineered numbers)
Recently I was in a local store I adore and I said I wanted to do a profile on the mom and pop place. They were horrified! They said if I wrote something nice about them that they might be attacked! Yes, people are that nuts! Likewise when I write something even mildly murky about someone our traffic lights up. It’s as though struggling businesses should pay me to be a bit nasty to them? 🙂
Human nature is a very funny and fickle thing. I was having a glass of wine with some friends last week (yes, I do in fact have friends, some right here in Cornwall even!)
and was telling a story. The pourer of the wine started to chastise me, but he had a wide grin on and was laughing. I called him on it. You can’t tell me it’s bad while laughing I protested which made him laugh more. Yes it might have been the red wine, but I’ve had this exact same experience without that wonderful and wacky grape nectar with the same results. We all really are hypocrites.
Does anyone really want to watch happy news except for those stories about dogs rescuing kittens? I know I don’t; and I know from how you amazing CFN readers, 60,000 + of you per month do.
You can post your positive and ….negative comments below; but be nice as it’s Monday!
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