IS JOURNALISM FUELLING OUR DEPRESSION – Before I get into the nitty-gritty let me just make a couple of things perfectly clear.
Meebal.com reports the news, but primarily it’s about giving an opinion on breaking news stories. That is we allow anyone to write an article on either news they have witnessed or want to air their views on what is being reported in the mainstream media.
I am not a journalist and have never attempted to label myself as such. I have been, and constantly am, admonished by a number of journalists since launching meebal.com because I refuse simply write about a particular subject without my personal point of view.
Right or wrong? Well that’s for my readers to determine but regardless as to what the reader or journalist thinks I have the right to voice my opinion; it’s called democracy and the right of free speech.
I will be the first to admit that there are times I’ve written my opinions on the news and gotten it wrong; after readers have pointed out a few errors
But for me that’s the whole point, it allows me to widen my perspective and take other people’s opinions on-board and in many cases my readers have changed that perspective by allowing me to look at a particular situation in a completely different light.
Isn’t that how we are supposed to evolve; by engaging in free and open dialogue and making others aware of what we see and how we see it?
Journalists on the other hand do not have the luxury to provide a personal opinion. Journalism by its very nature is designed to report just the bare facts with no level of human interactivity suggested.
Is this by design or by the force of the media organisations they work for? That in itself is highly questionable but considering the number of ‘journalists’ who have taken it upon themselves to call me everything from an ignoramus to a racist and bigot I strongly suspect that they don’t like the fact that I have the freedom to voice my opinion; regardless to its correct or incorrect merits.
The question here is ‘Is Journalism Fueling Our Depression?’ Despite the number of attacks from journalists I actually feel quite sorry for them. They are generally highly skeptical people, devoid of expression and in the mainstream report mostly on depressing subjects, such as wars, murders, government corruption, child sex abuse and this list goes on.
I have to say that I can completely sympathise with the miserable job journalists have. Few get the opportunity to truly delve into the world of creating open debate and this depressing way of providing the masses with information surely must rub off on the general public.
The truth is that for every one piece of good news that comes across my desk there are a thousand pieces of bad news. I guess it’s a depressing world in which we live and yet despite the atrocities around us it is all of our own making.
I often hear that an individual cannot make a difference and that our governments refuse to listen and yet the real truth is that there are millions of people around the world who engage in acts of kindness that touch the lives of others in the most remarkable ways and by doing so makes a world of difference and, if but for a moment, makes the world a much nicer place.
I often hear people talk about the newspapers and the online media sites in that many that feel that life is depressing enough without having to fuel it by reading the depravity of mankind.
Writing is a difficult job. It’s not physical but more mentally taxing and its difficulties are exasperated by what has to be written.
I do not attempt to detach myself from what I am writing because this would simply extinguish any passion I had for the subject matter. I can assure you I get very angry most of the time.
I’ve also sat here and cried, laughed and been amazed. For me that’s what writing is about and whilst you may find most of it depressing you should try and view it from my perspective; that is if someone can give an opinion that allows such an opinion to be debated then surely this is for the betterment of mankind.
We may not always like what we read but instead of letting such articles depress us it should motivate us to make change by engaging in open and honest dialogue.
Do you think the news, in the mainstream, is depressing? Would you like to see more journalists give their personal opinions or do you think their job should be solely to report the facts? Please leave your comments below.