LETTER: Enough with all the bad media, we need good news

2016-03-17 06:00

There is absolutely nothing that defeats my logic more than how the South African media reports news.

It appear as though the word “news” has assumed the meaning of “Bad news”.

Why do newspapers always report “bad news”? I mean we have segments on different time slots, all reporting bad news.

We should be focusing on the positive side instead of reporting sad news all the time. Why would you report about rape cases and murder cases? These are touchy subjects and need to be dealt with, but why on national tv?

We have Black writers, inventors, musicians and artists.

Why can’t we portray that instead. And yet we expect kids to be inspired by this kind of society. On top of this, the media is forcing people to chew what they dish without any critical engagement. As a result, we have suspended all the brain faculties of critical thinking. If the media choose sides to increase sales and ratings, we consume thus even without veracity

Roughly 80% of the news should be about the country’s successes and only 20% be about challenges. Even movies, soapies and dramas should reflect this kind of approach.

Even music should too, every music writer must account for his lyrics and the role they will play to the advancement of the society.

Senzo Digala via email

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