Today in my english class, I targeted the news and said how it affected the modern day society. I said that the news was a very pessimistic thing, because it generally focuses on all the bad stuff terrorism, war, violence....... I stated that it imparts negative thoughts in our minds, very subtly on a sub-conscious level. My friend and a few others, on the contrary, disagreed, they believed that the news was very important, because it told them what was going on in the world and that the world is a cruel place, anyway. I can easily relate to their viewpoint, because I too, have once fallen in that frame of thinking, but I was a bit disturbed by how they gained happiness from people who were announced that they were put to jail, even though they did commit crimes. My rebuttal towards this specific paradigm is that while I am very cynical towards the whole of society and world, why would I want to hear stories about homicides occurring day after day? It doesn't benefit me in anyway and let's not forget the media can easily omit things, why can't they focus on the more positive aspects in life, such as how people are striving to stop the problems occurring. The new's role is obviously to inform, but it has great INFLUENCE, why can't they put that influence to good use? My friends argue that good things rarely happen, well, all the more reason why I don't want to hear about how a complete stranger had something horrible done to them. Okay,now to the part about how people gain enjoyment if a "bad" person is jailed....... we are all familiar with the justice system, but it doesn't mean we should incorporate every single law towards our views on life, it's stupid and makes you shallow-minded. Anyway, how are you helping victims from laughing and teasing the perpetrators? The media, could easily explain why the perpetrators are this way, I can already understand you probably disagree with me on this aspect saying that "bad people deserve to die", I will explain further, I won't go into detail,as to not digress from the subject, but I don't believe in "good" or "evil", on a moral basis, I do think someone can do the wrong things, but I wouldn't ever call anybody evil, there is always a source. ( It's called empathy, put yourselves in other peoples' shoes and you'll understand how things work.) So, with this said, how are you a better person from laughing at the perpetrator? What have you done to change things, apart from satisfying yourself and feel superiority, because of your parasitic attitude? This is why I think the media like the news, is disgusting, because it promotes this kind of derogatory behaviour. This is what the news can do so EVERYBODY benefits from it, yes its important we know what's really going on in the world (and the news likes to instill the most trivial, yet also most negatively affecting things and maybe even apocryphal stories at times.) They can state the negative story, but explain REASONS as to why it happened, such as the background to the perpetrator, how was it like? The news is to inform after all, correct? How can this benefit everyone? Humanity becomes more accepting and understanding, everybody unites, there will hardly be any judgements made towards anyone. Of course justice is important, the perpetrator will need to go to jail, but people like criminologists, psychologists etc. should analyze and assess the person. The motive here, is trying to prevent it from happening for good so it has less recurrence and then maybe after a few months, this can be reported on the news again, about people trying to prevent the problem, wouldn't you be inspired and gain some hope? I can imagine it being a lot better than feeling good about laughing at the perpetrator, which to me, is also a victim (Empathy, remember?) The news would then encourage people to support this viewpoint and enforce a new positive outlook, sure its not a perfect system, but a lot better than the shit mechanism of how stories are conveyed in the news nowadays. I will be honest, almost everyone disagreed with me, are these reasons not valid? I find that it can be very realistic and can change humanity for the good....why would you want to live in the past, when there is a happy future? Hope. I want to hear your sentiments, to know I'm not alone, that people do find the media like the news a very negative thing, but if everyone finds it positive, that is fine too. I am a teenager, so maybe I haven't had enough experience with the media yet and my friends are teenagers too.