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Reading BBC News this weekend, my attention was drawn by a positive story Meningitis cases ‘at record low’. I was struck by the positive reporting and wondered whether that reaction was fair. Looking at the index of stories below it was noticeable that the positive tone was unusual:

negative news.

Just look at the language: “blunder, suffers, plea, assault, deadly, carnage, weakest, attacks, weak, shut”.

Now the bottom right corner sounds more positive:

  • Cow genome ‘to transform farming’
  • Cheryl Cole to record solo songs
  • Facebook users say yes to changes

But really the positivity depends on where you stand on genetic research, manufactured pop and the ethics of social networking businesses.

Written by Karen

April 28th, 2009 at 6:24 am

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cautious optimism

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In Remember the Future Jeremy Adam Smith attempts to debunk the idea that “we’re getting dumber, society is disintegrating, and the world is becoming more dangerous”.

Not a great surprise from Greater Good, a center committed to ‘scientific understanding of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior’.

(The Sopranos seems to be the universal optimists defence. Steven Johnson also used the programme to undermine the doomsayers in Everything Bad is Good for You )

Written by Karen

January 3rd, 2008 at 2:38 am

Posted in optimism