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A strange week...

By skim123 in MLP
Mon Oct 30, 2000 at 09:45:11 AM EST
Tags: Culture (all tags)
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Last week was an odd one, some very disturbing events transpired, IMHO. A man was shot at a Halloween party by police who thought his fake gun was a real gun, a six year old girl fell on a pencil she was carrying, which plunged three inches into her heart (she's alive, thanksfully), a grandmother attempted to sell her grandson for organ harvesting (the cost? $70k USD [editor's note, by rusty] This was near Moscow. They should've gone to Missouri; fresh babies are only twenty bucks there.), and a woman, unhappy with a soccer referee's call, stormed the field and slapped the referee, insighting others to swamp on the field as well... sigh...


Now, you are probably wondering, "Where's the write-up?" or something similar, or, "How does this have to do with technology?" Well, I don't really know. Just kept reading about these odd, depressing events that had occurred in the past couple of days and thought that it would be worthwhile to share the stories and my disgust.

I am not going to make any profound social commentary here... after all, it's MLP, although I encourage you to start discussions on this topic. Finally, do you, the readers, enjoy MLP like this, or do you want straight tech-related MLP or more write-up with MLP? I guess the voting record for this story will shed some light on that question, but I am curious as to why, exactly, it will get voted up or down...

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A strange week... | 31 comments (15 topical, 16 editorial, 0 hidden)
bad news vs. good news (2.66 / 3) (#9)
by hany on Mon Oct 30, 2000 at 04:34:42 AM EST

I wonder why media prefers bad news over good news?

I know that it is maybe because of people like the blood and stuff like that in bad news. But isn't the lack of good news in media also result of some higher politics?


hany


Ah (3.50 / 2) (#11)
by skim123 on Mon Oct 30, 2000 at 04:56:34 AM EST

I wonder why media prefers bad news over good news? I know that it is maybe because of people like the blood and stuff like that in bad news. But isn't the lack of good news in media also result of some higher politics?

Media == business. Ergo, the media must put out what their customers like... we (the populace) enjoy stories of gloom and pain over joy and success.

Regardless, there are still "good news" events that happened in the past couple of days:

  • Breakthrough as scientists discover cure for arthritis
  • Party of Nonviolence Claims Victory in Kosovo Elections
  • NASA to Announce 2005 Mission to Mars

    Money is in some respects like fire; it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master.
    PT Barnum


    [ Parent ]
  • thank you (none / 0) (#29)
    by hany on Tue Oct 31, 2000 at 01:51:28 PM EST

    thank you for good news:
    - 1st enjoyed me very very much
    - 2nd i took suspiciously (it is politics)
    - 3rd is very good too ... makes our (as species) chances to survive higher


    hany


    [ Parent ]
    Would you read good news? (4.75 / 4) (#19)
    by shook on Mon Oct 30, 2000 at 01:25:52 PM EST

    Would you read a newspaper with more good news than bad news. Good news happens all the time. Here are some sample headlines.

    "Girl carries pencil, draws kitty."
    "European granny takes kid to Disneyland, boy's organs reman intact."
    "Halloween partygoes return home safely."

    All of these are good things. They happen all the time. But they don't really fit our definition of news. Damn, this is quite a cynical post.


    [ Parent ]
    Why does the media prefer good news to bad? (none / 0) (#22)
    by titivillus on Mon Oct 30, 2000 at 04:24:30 PM EST

    Because in most cases, the bad news is the odd case. If every time anyone went out on the street, they were mugged and beaten, and instead someone was given "Milk and Cookies", that would be news. This is much the same reason visits by celebrities and county fairs and such are news, because they don't happen every day.

    [ Parent ]
    Stop talking about the news and start making it... (none / 0) (#26)
    by Anonymous Commando on Tue Oct 31, 2000 at 12:19:31 PM EST

    If every time anyone went out on the street, they were mugged and beaten, and instead someone was given "Milk and Cookies", that would be news.

    OK, everyone, here's the plan. Stop by your local grocery store (not the big super-duper-market - support your neighborhood businesses instead!), pick up a couple dozen small cartons of milk, and a couple bags of cookies. Go out for a walk - yes, outside, the big room with the blue ceiling. Give milk and cookies to each person you meet until you're out of milk and cookies (well, OK, save a couple for yourself - you've deserved it).

    Can you imagine what would happen if suddenly, one day, in cities and towns across the country and around the world (after all, K5 has a fairly large international audience), people started handing out milk and cookies at random? Methinks that would be news...
    Corporate Jenga™: You take a blockhead from the bottom and you put him on top...
    [ Parent ]

    News.... (3.00 / 1) (#27)
    by Alarmist on Tue Oct 31, 2000 at 12:38:19 PM EST

    Can you imagine what would happen if suddenly, one day, in cities and towns across the country and around the world (after all, K5 has a fairly large international audience), people started handing out milk and cookies at random? Methinks that would be news...

    It would be news, alright. In the US, somebody might try to sue you. At the very least, you'd have to expect to get a hard time from people who think you're trying to poison them, or accuse you of exploiting cows for their milk.

    In my country, many people are conditioned to be suspicious of anybody on the street who offers them something just for the heck of it. These same people will then buy an overpriced plastic gizmo because they think it will make them lose weight or become sexy. I live in a very strange place.


    [ Parent ]

    nice idea (none / 0) (#28)
    by hany on Tue Oct 31, 2000 at 01:46:16 PM EST

    it's nice idea but i think that:

    a) i wont be in news after such action (at least without some corporate or media "sponsor")

    b) i have big chance to spend some time in room with white ceiling, white walls and white floor suited in nice white suit unable to move arms ...

    is this the world we are living in? :|


    hany


    [ Parent ]
    Positive Press (none / 0) (#30)
    by Demona on Tue Oct 31, 2000 at 04:15:55 PM EST

    Positive Press is nice. Personal weblogs all over the place also point to positive headlines. Or, as others said, start your own...

    [ Parent ]
    Pencil girl (none / 0) (#17)
    by ookami on Mon Oct 30, 2000 at 10:35:58 AM EST

       I am glad everything turned out alright for the little girl. This just goes to show you that you should listen to your parents. Don't run with sharp objects, you could put your eye out. Oh...wait..thats a Red Ryder BB Gun that will put your eye out. At least that is what they say in A Christmas Story.

    By the way, did you know you can get your very own Leg Lamp including a "Major Award certificate" suitable for framing? Sure can, right here.
    (this is not my website nor do I make any money from it)

    flame me if you want about finding a little humor in this. I just hate seeing skim123 (or anyone) all depressed. :)


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    Not that strange in UK (none / 0) (#18)
    by revird on Mon Oct 30, 2000 at 11:23:06 AM EST

    ..and a woman, unhappy with a soccer referee's call, stormed the field and slapped the referee, insighting others to swamp on the field as well...

    Funny thing is, here in England where "soccer" is our national sport, this kind of thing is not unusual. When i used to play Sunday League Football i've seen a player hit the ref, dad's (and mum's) from opposing teams fighting on the sidelines, and whole teams fighting each other.

    Not so long ago, a player in the Premier League (Paulo di Canio) pushed a ref over during a match. Not to mention Eric Cantona, who did a flying kung-fu kick at a fan in the crowd!

    Not that strange here, either (none / 0) (#31)
    by marimba on Tue Oct 31, 2000 at 10:22:53 PM EST

    This kind of thing is getting more common here in the U.S., and it's getting more violent.

    Here's a solution(all you coaches take note): At the first instance of violent behavior by a parent, they are banned from the field for the remainder of the season. If they violate this, then their kid is thrown off the team. Not fair to the kid, I know, but I think it would have the greatest, quickest effect in ending this kind of behavior.



    [ Parent ]
    Oy, this week's not off to a good start... (4.50 / 2) (#20)
    by skim123 on Mon Oct 30, 2000 at 03:13:31 PM EST

    Japan couple in Internet suicide pact
    Dad Accidentally Shoots, Kills Son (with bow and arrow)
    Pokemon-crazy Turkish boy jumps from building, breaks leg

    Money is in some respects like fire; it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master.
    PT Barnum


    And the worst part.... (none / 0) (#21)
    by Denor on Mon Oct 30, 2000 at 03:34:21 PM EST

    I read the story you linked to about the internet suicide pact:

    Personally, I think that if someone's going to kill themselves, they don't need the internet's help to do so. Suicide pacts have long predated the internet. Will that fact at all sway the media in hyping this up?

    From the article, last paragraph:

    One of the most popular recent films at the Japanese box office uses a plot twist about a suicide website.

    I think it's not that big a deal that these people formed a suicide pact online. I think the real bad part about it is that it's going to become yet another thing which demonizes the internet. As though we didn't have plenty of those already.


    -Denor


    [ Parent ]
    How feasible is organlegging? (none / 0) (#25)
    by Paul Johnson on Tue Oct 31, 2000 at 09:11:46 AM EST

    Just how feasible is organlegging (trading black-market organs)? I was under the impression that you need to find a good tissue-type match between donor and recipient, and that this can only be done with a large pool of both. Trying to do this on the black market as a one-off sounds pretty infeasible.

    Paul.
    You are lost in a twisty maze of little standards, all different.

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