Fear culture is alive and well

It's been a little over three years since I completed my master's in Media Studies. Just about four years since the source material for my thesis manifested itself on the nightly news. And it's just about five days since the IS attacks on the city of Paris.

This far along I really shouldn't be surprised that the news media has actually gotten worse with its fear-mongering and posturing. Couple that with the rise of fanatic amateur "journalism" and I think we have something to actually fear: an amplified, ignorant citizen base.

Friday night as the Paris attacks were unfolding I quickly flipped on Sky News because the app exists on my Apple TV. I couldn't watch for more than five minutes. Even in the early first hour of the horrors that broke out across the capitol of France this particular news outlet was spinning a tale of fear and potential


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