“If It Bleeds, It Leads” – Should This Still A Viable Media Slogan – Your Opinion Please

I wrote this post last night to post for today.  I had second thoughts on posting it so I asked my husband to read it.  I, for reasons mentioned below, stay away from the news, but he mentioned a story that was in the news today and now I feel that, after a slight revamp, this subject has more relevance today and must be shared.

I was replying to one of my comments on yesterday’s blog posts and had this thought.  I wanted to share it briefly to get your opinion.

Yesterday’s post was about a picture my son’s girlfriend took of a young man who was crowd surfing at a concert they went to last week.  He was in a wheelchair!  The band pointed to the young man and said, “Get him up here on stage!”  So the crowd picked him up in the wheelchair and sent him above their heads safely to a spot on the stage with the band.  The young man was in heaven.  One of the points I made in my post was how this crowd just came together and did it.  They used strength some of them probably didn’t even know they had.

After reading the story completely, one of my readers, Ramona made a comment about how inspiring it is to see people come together to do something good for someone.  Her comment lead to this response, “There is so much good in the world. I think the media would do well to notice that even though the old slogan of, “What bleeds, leads” worked for years for ratings, maybe if they started focusing more on the kindness in the world and the heroes and stopped giving criminals such power through media play that perhaps there would be a shift.   At least there would be a shift in perception of more good going on and people would start duplicating it.”

I loved how locally, in the Boston area, the media didn’t really give the Boston Marathon Bombers much credit by name, only when necessary.  We really didn’t care who they were or what their names were, nor did we care to remember them.  We just cared about the justice.  They stuck with “Suspect #1 and Suspect #2” as their names most often.  I remember at one point, we were calling the first suspect, “Speed Bump” because his brother had run him over when trying to evade the police.  Some of you may argue that it was uncalled for or cruel.   What they did to innocent people put us in a position to not care at all about these two.  I do think reporting on something like the bombings was necessary and very instrumental in catching the people responsible but on the other hand, it dominated our TV’s.  There were reports of the heroes and their back stories, but it took up very little time.  It got to the point that the negative side of the story was all anyone was talking about for a week on end.  It was depressing and mind-altering.  I had to turn the TV and computer off, shut my phone down and escape it all for my own sanity.  Every show in the Boston area was preempted for the same story and it was so overplayed that the reporters were running out of things to say and the same footage was shown over and over.

So, what if we were to go in the opposite direction and spend more time on the good things that are going on in our area or our country?  Stop repeating negative stories, introduce more heroes and stop making criminals famous.  What if doing so would create a higher vibration and positivity in those who watched, resulting in greater happiness, less stress and greater overall peace?  Just what if?

The above was written last night.  Today the Boston Herald reported on a story stating that Boston’s Mayor, Tom Menino sent a letter protesting the picture of the bomber being on the August 1st cover of Rolling Stone’s Magazine.  He stated that he felt that “it rewards a terrorist with star treatment,” and that the survivors more deserve cover stories.

The article in the Herald stated that, “Stop & Shop, CVS Pharmacy, Tedeschi Food Shops and Cumberland Farms are boycotting the Rolling Stone Magazine over next month’s cover.”

The mayor’s message came as Stop & Shop, CVS, Tedeschi Food Shops and Cumberland Farms all announced they are boycotting Rolling Stone over next month’s cover – See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/07/mayor_top_cop_blast_rolling_stone_over_tsarnaev_cover#sthash.08bdZ0dJ.dpuf
The mayor’s message came as Stop & Shop, CVS, Tedeschi Food Shops and Cumberland Farms all announced they are boycotting Rolling Stone over next month’s cover – See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/07/mayor_top_cop_blast_rolling_stone_over_tsarnaev_cover#sthash.08bdZ0dJ.dpuf

PLEASE!!  I really want your feedback on this.  If you want to make a statement, stop watching the news and buying magazines and newspapers that promote the sales of their media by making the criminals and terrorists famous.  Start aligning yourself with more positive news and more positive people.

This movement has already started.  We just need more people to join in.  Let’s send a message to the media that the statement, “What bleeds, leads,” is no longer necessity in order to obtain high sales.  Are you with me?

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