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    So are things really that bad or is the media exaggerating?

    I am 28 years old and I never really watched the news until about two years ago. Now I keep up with the news daily. I am wondering does the world really seem like it is about to destroy itself, or is this a common thing with the media that has happened time and time again and soon everything will correct itself? I have never known so many problems to exist before (gas prices, war, writer's strike, possible recession, deadly weather, etc.) Man I miss the days before 9/11, I used to not care at all I only worked and had fun with no worries about surprise attacks and weather. Filling up my car with $0.79 gas and riding the strip were good times. To be honest I bet the only main problem are the gas prices which effects every single person. I know that my sales have gone down a lot as well since people no longer buy as many things as they used to from me.

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    No doubt the media exaggerate things. It's simply to make the news more interesting when it isn't.

    But that is not to say all of it is exaggerated. I believe some issues deserve more emphasis and attention that they receive.. But it is all designed at the mainstream viewers.

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    Have things been this bad in the past 20 years?

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    I think with every year we are faced with new issues and problems. And the media do a good job of blowing somethings out of proportion.

    As for things being "that bad". I think we are better off than we have ever been. Better technologies, better healthcare, better economies, better education (reducing racism, sexism etc.).

    So no, 20 years ago we had a whole host of problems to deal with, and at the time, they were serious..

    As we progress, we iron out current problems and are faced with new challenges and problems to deal with..

    I guess that's just life really..

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    People have been saying 'the end is nigh' for thousands of years.

    and I'm sure they will continue to say that for many more thousands of years.

    At 28 the importance of 'world affairs' (and your own domestic life) take on a differant perspective, you need to adjust your brain to be selective, try to listern (and celibrate) at least one piece of good news every day.

    Yes it's easy to say the world sucks, but it can be pretty dammed wonderful to, make yourself better than the news producers, find the good news.

    If the world should colapse tommorow, there is nothing you or I can do about it, so try not to wast too much energy pondering the gloom, ponder the marvels of the universe instead. - -
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexington View Post
    I am 28 years old and I never really watched the news until about two years ago. Now I keep up with the news daily. I am wondering does the world really seem like it is about to destroy itself, or is this a common thing with the media that has happened time and time again and soon everything will correct itself? I have never known so many problems to exist before (gas prices, war, writer's strike, possible recession, deadly weather, etc.) Man I miss the days before 9/11, I used to not care at all I only worked and had fun with no worries about surprise attacks and weather. Filling up my car with $0.79 gas and riding the strip were good times. To be honest I bet the only main problem are the gas prices which effects every single person. I know that my sales have gone down a lot as well since people no longer buy as many things as they used to from me.
    I am afraid it is true. Sorry, but this always happens under republican presidency, well most of them do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azizny View Post
    I am afraid it is true. Sorry, but this always happens under republican presidency, well most of them do.

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    Let's rephrase that for accuracy.

    this always happens

    is this a common thing with the media that has happened time and time again and soon everything will correct itself?
    Yes, it's common. No, it won't correct itself. It's just the way it is, and has been, and will be.
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    Keep in mind the best way to for the news media to ensure watchers/listeners is to make everything a crisis. But you don't have to look too far back for truly dire times - i.e. Cuban missile crisis, WWII, great depression, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoftWareRevue View Post
    Let's rephrase that for accuracy.

    this always happens

    Yes, it's common. No, it won't correct itself. It's just the way it is, and has been, and will be.
    I never had to worry for such problems when Clinton was in office.

    I guess different people feel things differently.

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    The world is kinda screwed up but i don't think its any where near
    what they report... I think we just jumped to conclusions naturally. like the news don't even have to make stuff up just be very
    vague about it...so our imagination does the rest of the job..
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    Quote Originally Posted by azizny View Post
    I never had to worry for such problems when Clinton was in office.
    I bet you were younger when Clinton was in office - -
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian-de-vie View Post
    I bet you were younger when Clinton was in office - -
    I am a human being, so yes I was younger when Clinton was in office. As a matter of fact, everyone on earth was younger (or didn't exist) when Clinton was in office.

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    Well the media has always been known for exaggerating a lot of news, but one thing that is hardcore real is what you stated, gas prices.

    Gas is going to rise to even higher amounts, and the government isn't working hard enough with the gas companies to lower pricing.

    I think its BS when they say there's a gas shortage. Saudi Arabia has a lot of Oil, its just that the U.S. can't get good enough connections to get oil for cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azizny View Post
    I never had to worry for such problems when Clinton was in office.
    The world was just as screwed up when Slick Willy was in office. You just can't see that through those rose colored slick Willy glasses.
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    I remember back in the 80s when Reagan was in office. Those were scarier times, in my opinion. The Cold War and the real threat of "all out" nuclear war was very much on everyone's minds back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tru1 View Post
    I think its BS when they say there's a gas shortage. Saudi Arabia has a lot of Oil, its just that the U.S. can't get good enough connections to get oil for cheap.
    When oil companies are posting record profits that are 50% higher (or more) than the year before, it's pure BS.
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    Yeah, I can still remember the threat of full out nuclear war was a possibility.
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    Right now is nothing, been a lot worst.

    People might not like this, but the Media and the US government is creating a big thing out of nothing so that they can impose more legislation to reduce the human rights of people, it's as simple as that. More war, more defence equals more money for these defence companies owned by the politicians.

    Northern Ireland was a lot worst than this! Seeing my father, uncles and cousins going off to fight men with the same weapons was a scary thought and they were hitting the UK on a regular basis. They weren't thousands of miles away in a different country, they were IN the the UK. Soldiers weren't allowed to go out in public with military uniform in their own country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RH-Scott View Post
    . . . More war, more defence equals more money for these defence companies owned by the politicians.
    Just curious as to which "defence companies" are "owned by the politicians"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Bob View Post
    Just curious as to which "defence companies" are "owned by the politicians"?
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    If the world should colapse tommorow, there is nothing you or I can do about it, so try not to wast too much energy pondering the gloom, ponder the marvels of the universe instead
    That is the mentality I used to have when I was younger because problems in Iraq and such were out of my control. However after 9/11 and that I am a business owner and the choices the government and coporations make effect my sales, I have a stronger interest.

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