“One reason that cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers.”
― Gwendolyn Brooks, In the Mecca
So my 14 year old sister asked me to stop reading the morning paper.
“Why?” I was puzzled!
“Because there’s so much hate in the paper. They only talk about murders, robberies, kidnappings. You know, the bad stuff. It’s depressing.”
I stared at the paper I was reading. Yes, there it was, written in bold. “Drunken Teenagers Thrash Cop”
And then I couldn’t stop thinking.
Where did we go wrong?
Are alcohol, guns, governments, corporations and newspapers to be blamed? Or are we, as a people, responsible for birthing the news these papers print every night? Is only the press responsible for bad press?