The Sky Is Not Falling

When you pick up a newspaper or magazine today you'll see a wide variety of discouraging reports about society in general and business in particular. The same observation applies to television and radio. With 24/7 cable news channels, we receive instant analysis all day and all night, over and over. Perhaps it's the constant repetition that begins to wear away any notion of a different perspective. If repetition and frequency work with advertising, it stands to reason they work with news. News is just a different form of information. The media focus on negative stories because negativity sells. With electioneering for the presidency in full swing, the media have even more fodder: the relatively low value of the dollar, gasoline prices at unusually high levels, gold over $950 an ounce, diamond prices continuing to head north, the subprime mortgage market causing financial turmoil, healt

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