English Learning for Curious Minds

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Summary

Why is the news always full of disasters? What would the world be like if it wasn't?

In today's episode we take a look at some of the theories about why the news is always so negative, and imagine what kind of world might exist if it wasn't.

Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com

Show Notes

Episode #015 - English Learning for Curious Minds

Why Is All The News So Negative? And What If It Wasn't?

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Why is the news always full of disasters? What would the world be like if it wasn't?

Let's take a look at some of the theories about why the news is always so negative, and imagine what kind of world might exist if it wasn't.

In today's episode we cover:

  • What is the point of the news?
  • What is the role of journalism?
  • Who decides the news?
  • If it bleeds, it leads (and why bloody stories always come first)
  • Why are people attracted by negative stories?
  • News organisations as commercial entities
  • What negative news does to our brains
  • The Gandhi Thought Experiment
  • What if our news wasn't so negative? An introduction to solutions-based journalism
  • How to avoid the negative news cycle

Key vocabulary: Famine, Tuning in, Bleak, Commonplace, Untold, Accountable, Noble pursuit, Lead with, Editorial, Prominence, Gravitate, Mortality, Gore, Gloating, Taken for granted, Captivate, Numerous, First and foremost, Eyeballs, Bursting your bubble, Revenue, Gravitating, Skewed, Mindset, Exposed to, Bombarded, Empathise, Bombardment, Perception, Perceived, Minuscule, Recalibrating, Anchoring, Implausible, Glued, Contradictory, Unwed, Back of our minds, Bushfires, Helpless, Advocating, Inspire, Uplift, Strike fear into, Optimistic, Fed up, News cycle, Retreat, Intake, Longer form, Fearmonger, Flicking through, Nutrition, Cut yourself off, Out of the loop, Outweighed, Freshness

Jodie Jackson's website: https://www.jodiejackson.com/

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