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Marathon Bombings Bring Out the Best and the Worst in People

April 19, 2013

Tragedy brings out the best and the worst in people.

After the Boston marathon bombings, the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, Boston residents became united.  Many at the scene helped the injured and there was a widespread outpouring of goodwill.

No News Is Bad News – Part 2

February 20, 2013

It was encouraging to see our blog post, “No News Is Bad News,” receive 49 comments on the Public Relations and Communications Professionals LinkedIn Group site, especially since the comments were pretty perceptive.

While almost all of those who commented agreed with my assessment that most people are no longer interested in news, there was some optimism, too.  General conclusions are that:

  • Hard news is being abandoned for celebrity news and “human interest” fluff.
  • Media have assumed that this is what readers and viewers want, but it may not be true.
  • News reported on the Internet is often inaccurate.
  • Social information is replacing real news.

The comments speak for themselves.  Here are snippets from a few of them:

No News Is Bad News

February 4, 2013

We all accept that the Internet is replacing newspapers and even broadcast media as the primary source of news.

But what if something worse is happening?  What if people are deciding that they don’t care about news?