We like local, bad news

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

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