It really is everything I can do to not yell at the TV. I really am trying. In fact, I have been making serious effort to cut off my natural inclination to sarcasm and cynicism. The more I refuse to give vent to what is happening in my head by keeping my mouth shut, the easier it becomes. But the news media makes it difficult.
I have to admit the ubiquitous “this is horrible, it’s getting worse, the death toll is expected to rise, we haven’t seen the worst, there’s no end in sight, will we ever recover?” comments have been followed, a few times, with reporting on the numbers of people who have recovered from Covid-19.
Why are the media constantly reporting polls? Really? If the nation’s response to this virus is being run by what random groups of people think about it, we are all in a lot of trouble!
Why do we have to constantly hear about celebrities? This one I cannot stand! In the midst of people dying, thousands of families without enough food to eat, doctors and nurses who have no strength left, first-responders doing everything they can to keep up, we are deluged with “news” about how celebrity so-and-so is coping. Who cares?! What really burned my biscuit was a report, meaning it actually received air time, about what a famous singer wore for a workout!
I do believe in statistics. I believe the threat of Covid-19 is real. I know the numbers are telling a frightening story. But I absolutely hate feeling manipulated.
I wonder what would happen if, instead of twenty-seven minutes of horror and three minutes of some remarkable and uplifting story, the news programs committed to just the opposite.
Thankfully, we are told “we’re going to get through this”, and I believe we will. However, it’s not going to be the major media providing the light at the end of the tunnel. It will be the every-day-people, day after day, doing the right things, helping a neighbor, waving at a stranger, saying “hi” through their mask, all without ever being noticed that will make it happen.
2 thoughts on “Managing Covid Media Mania”
Dale, thanks for your visit to my blog. I’ve been taking a little time to read back across your posts & love how you combine your passion for model railways with the emotional issues of Life.
I agree that Media & social media has been a trial during this Covid-19 period. While you can at least find diversion & support on social media amongst all the other noise, mainstream media has been a uniquely difficult experience. Here in the UK, my perception is it’s been leaning towards scare-mongering as a methodology to “dig” out news, rather than responsible reporting of the facts, or carrying out any investigative reporting.
I think your closing paragraph is spot on – it’s the everyday individual actions & interactions that make the difference.
Greetings from the US! Thank you so much for your kind comments. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog. It is difficult, day to day, to keep my head on straight. My wife helps a bunch too. I want to yell at the TV. I try not to. Have a great day, best of health to you and your family.