News means anything that occurred recently for which people should be concerned about and that is generally not about something good (though it includes good news too). News channels have plenty of time to schedule their programs as they are specifically assigned for broadcasting news.
In this regard they extend or exaggerate (sometimes) the bad news to such an extent that people don’t listen to it with real interest but to discuss amongst a group of friends. Continuous repetition of any similar kind makes the people lose interest in it subsequently.
Listening to bad news again and again makes them think thatthis is a general occurrence and not something special. When such things happen, people start losing their sensitivity towards something that may be wrong and they just don’t stop it because they get used to it.
In a school there was a rule that students won’t watch movies until they clear high school. The principal had instructed the parents too to follow this rule. Some followed while some just ignored. When the students cleared their high school principal teacher entered the classroom and asked them
“Why didn’t any of you ever ask why I stopped you from watching movies?”
None of them answered.
Teacher then told them; “The movies have so much of violence and such elements that you as children might affect your sensitivity. Now that youhave started understanding the world you may watch the movies and learn through them”.
The concept of 24 x 7 news channels has revolutionized the news coverage and broadcasting but also has brought some major changes to the way people take news. During the terrorist attacks in Mumbai when the hotels were attacked the bad news was shown for three consecutive days live on television.
The recent earthquake in Indonesia was one of the most severe earthquakes this century. It was recorded 8.9 on Richter scale. Though the earthquake threatened parts of India, Thailand and Indonesia, not many of the people in India were concerned about the consequences neither were they threatened of any bad news.
For example titanic has been a great movie but if people keep watching the same movie for repeated times they would keep losing interest every time they watch it. Another example may be people watching action movies change their mind by watching comedies.
There is a need that good news be also broadcasted along with the bad news. Only bad news may make people get used to bad news.