I’ve been watching the local BBC News this week, while my body has worked to overcome a bad cold. What struck me most is how confrontational the reporters are, and how much they seem (to me) to twist things to produce an “Ain’t it Awful” or “Aren’t they Bastards” effect. The marketing of fear is at least as fullblown as it seemed to us in the U.S. And, the peddling of fear is likewise about all of the wrong things. Terrorists, Iran, taxes, the usual suspects. Not much about the real dangers humanity faces, and to which it seems to be largely blind or indifferent: global warming, materialism and greed, environmental destruction, and species extinction.
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