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    I have just downloaded onto my kindle, the book by Peter Diamandis titled "Abundance". This is an optimistic view of humanity's future. It presents a view quite the opposite of the pessimists who believe civilisation is about to collapse.

    I plan to start several new threads based on bits I pick up from the book. To start with, where do pessimistic ideas come from?

    Diamandis quotes the newspaper adage that "If it bleeds, it leads." In other words, if it is seriously bad news, the editor puts it on the front page with big headlines. Diamandis did an unofficial survey of his local papers, and found 90% of news stories were bad news.

    How much of the currently popular pessimistic view of the future derives from the distortions that come from this media policy?


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    Is this the book you mean, skeptic?

    Abundance the Book - by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler

    I cannot find a book titled "Prosperity" by this author. Peter Diamandis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    Yeah, sorry. Slip of the keyboard. I will change the OP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeptic View Post
    ... Diamandis quotes the newspaper adage that "If it bleeds, it leads." In other words, if it is seriously bad news, the editor puts it on the front page with big headlines. Diamandis did an unofficial survey of his local papers, and found 90% of news stories were bad news.

    How much of the currently popular pessimistic view of the future derives from the distortions that come from this media policy?
    wild guess
    90%
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    It is rather an interesting observation that the majority of what gets reported as 'news' relates to either 'fear' or 'greed', which have frequently been cited as the only two things that can be sold. For over a year now, I have paid little attention to 'the news' beyond an occasional check of the weather forecast for the simple reason that if it is important, I will hear of it soon enough without investing my own time and energy. If an item of interest does manifest, then I will follow it for the duration but such events are increasingly becoming more rare. Between my hubby who reads the news feeds daily and drops me an occasional link that may be of interest to me or the forums I attend and the forums themselves, I seem to stay at least somewhat in the loop.

    Originally posted by skeptic:
    How much of the currently popular pessimistic view of the future derives from the distortions that come from this media policy?
    People do seem to be paying attention to the gloomy economic forecasts and I notice little things at the store such as not as much loose change hitting the floor (could also be more people using credit/debit cards), more people are using store coupons than in previous years and there are not as many job opportunities available for unskilled persons.

    Some of the concern is arising from the changing weather which is posing hardships of many sorts and beginning to be reflected in the cost of consumer commodities, notably heating fuel, electricity and groceries here in Yukon. These are things that people are actually experiencing first hand as well as they are frequently a topic in the news so I'm thinking that experience is the greater influence in those circumstances. I'll give the matter some further thought and see what others may have to contribute.
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    just a curiousity scheherazade

    Why do you live in the yukon?
    down by whitehourse?
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    Why do I live in the Yukon?

    My family moved to northern B.C. when I was young and there were few employment opportunities in the small town of Atlin. B.C. and so I moved to Whitehorse for employment. Having been raised in small towns, I was not interested in moving to any other large center and I enjoy the sparse population and many amenities of living 14 miles outside the city center where I used to keep my sled dogs (used to race sprint, mid and long distance, small claim to fame as the first Canadian woman to compete in and finish a 1000 mile sled dog race, the Yukon Quest, this year celebrating it's 30th anniversary) and now reside with my hubby and equine companions.

    Whitehorse is a small city of approx. 25,000 people and there are fewer than 40,000 in the entire territory. I enjoy living in the urban interface with access to the wilderness just outside my front door. Fresh water, fresh air and I can saddle a horse and ride all day with minimal detours.
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    so the press wins again
    another shooting to hype to sell whatever (we used to say "to sell soap")

    it's a chain
    being built
    link by link

    and the anti gun ghouls have even more to feast on
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    Sculptor, please stop trying to sound philosophical and create regular sentences like everyone else.
    If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. -Thorin Oakenshield

    The needs of the many outweigh the need of the few - Spock of Vulcan & Sentinel Prime of Cybertron ---proof that "the needs" are in the eye of the beholder.
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    funny
    how we "say" (type actually) words that harken to other senses?
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    I'm not even sure what your trying to say with that post.
    If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. -Thorin Oakenshield

    The needs of the many outweigh the need of the few - Spock of Vulcan & Sentinel Prime of Cybertron ---proof that "the needs" are in the eye of the beholder.
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    paleo
    you used the word, "sound"
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