News you can use

Jessica Lewis

First of all, I would just like to point out that I read another CNN horror story today. Apparently a girl got her feet cut off on a Superman ride at Six Flags. Convincing me once again to stay away from all amusement park activities this summer. (As originally stated in  my last blog entry.)

It seems like the news channels have been full of nothing but horror stories for the last few years at least. Today, during one internet  visit to an internet news site, I read about the horror at Six Flags, an alligator attacking a puppy, the hidden dangers of  sand and worst of all, Paris Hilton being released from jail. (Are they trying to give me nightmares or what?)

I guess I just don’t really understand what makes a news story important enough to make the national news. Is it the location where the story takes place? The degree of emotion it may evoke, or is it the fact that nine times out of ten, they are presenting something aimed to scare you into reading every other possible threat they come up with.

It’s not just one news agency that is doing this. They all work on the same principle; people are more likely to read/watch the news if they think their safety is on the line. The sad part is that it seems to be working, which is why Monday I will begin my 1000 part series entitled Hidden Hazards in Your House; Article 1, how static electricity can make you spontaneously combust. Read it…if you want to live!!!