For centuries media have been criticized for being negative and obsessed about our local area (and for centuries people have bought news that is negative and local.) Thanks to J-source for citing a U of Missouri psychological study that says, guess what: we are hard-wired to prefer negative, local news. Thus, even though crime rates have been coming down for decades and we’ve never been safer, a local shooting gets the front page. Doesn’t mean we need to give in to our baser urges, though; we can still demand broader and more international news.
sciencedaily.com, August 27 2009