Browse any major news site and you'll stories about how terrible the world is becoming. A certain news site that I'm sure we're all familiar with provides the following nuggets of doomsaying:
The Decline of Our Nation and the Pinnacle of Our Arrogance - ". . . instead of clinging to the ideals that define our national identity, we continue to turn our back on the principles that made our nation great."
Is American Politics Dead? - "Has it become impossible to debate political questions first on their ethical and human merits, and only then on their economic implications?"
Superstition: past, present, and future - "Welcome to the modern Demon Haunted World."
Retail Stores Beginning to Fingerprint Customers - "Not only do stores want your entire life's history on your check, some now want your thumbprint."
This is just K5's front page. Under Everything I count 4 of 10 articles as of this moment that I'd classify as "look how horrible the world is".
Before I go any farther, I'm perfectly willing to admit that this is just my viewpoint. Perhaps I'm a pessimist, and I'm seeing doomsayers where there are none.
But it's not hard to find The End Of The World anywhere else. Supermarket tabloids are famous for this, claiming that the world will literally end within days on more than one occasion. Even ignoring the news industry (which, let's face it, is generally motivated by money) and the public news communities (which tend to publish what people are interested in), I find an enormous number of otherwise sane people ignoring the facts and trends and proclaiming the eventual destruction of all we know and love. Did you know that EFNet is dying? It'll be dead within a year. By my count, this state has persisted for almost half a decade, and yet there are still people claiming "This time! Really! This is the straw that breaks the camel's back!" And in two years EFNet will be dying for a different reason.
The listeners are to blame for this partially. The classic way to get a cult is to proclaim the end of the world and get people to pray with you. Then when the world doesn't end, tell them it was because of their incredible willpower. Americans almost for it - I don't know if this is as prevalent in other countries.
All I'm asking, really, is to look at what you're saying before you say it. If you're telling us how Big Business will oppress us all next year, think about whether you were claiming that last year also. If you want to rant about the DMCA and the vanishing intellectual freedom, drop it unless you really have something new to say. Microsoft isn't going to conquer the planet, and Disney is making no attempts to hypnotize our children into buying Britney Spears CDs. The NSA probably couldn't care less about your warezed software (whichever country you're living in), and while there are quite a few countries who could start a global war at any moment, the fact is, they haven't.
And yes, it's good to know about these things, just to be on guard. But enough is enough already!
I suppose I should really stop it here, except for one little issue - has anyone noticed that even this article is explaining how bad off we all are?
Guess you just can't get away from it.