How does media make people feel worry and fear?

Jakai Spikes, Twitter Captain

I believe that the media can create and project fear to the viewers, causing people to live in fear and not in faith that things will get better. With this COVID-19 disease growing bigger and bigger everyday, it is super important to take the correct precautions to stay safe. However, I feel like the media and news put nothing positive out, which tends to make people only focus on the negative. When you’re focusing on the negative no solutions to problems can be made. Even though this life is a reality I feel like it’s all about your perspective on life. I personally try to be optimistic with my mindset and not be closed minded.

This article that is titled “The Media’s Top Lies and Spins about COVID-19” says, “The media distorts and misleads, takes statements out of context, treats assumptions as facts, and in general, seems to want to sow as much rancor and fear as possible. This is irresponsible journalism in a time when the nation needs just the opposite.” This quotation proves my point that some journalists and media specialists tend to provide false accusations and ‘what if’ stories that are not true to scare us. This is not fair that we live in a society that cares more about bringing in money than the people’s mental health and stability.

Many people on social media these days feel like they have to do certain things for validation and ‘click bait,’ and this can be dangerous because a lot of people believe what they read. Nowadays, it’s hard to differentiate what in the media is accurate and what is false. It’s sad to say that a lot of big time newspapers use false clickbait to gain viewers to provide income for their network. Another quote from the source is, CBS News

I feel like the media plays a part in our fear, because some sources let out inaccurate information. Credit: Socialbakers.com

posted a story falsely claiming President Trump told sick people to go to work. If you read the actual quote, he is talking about healthy people going about their business not knowing that they have the virus: ‘So if, you know, we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better, just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work, some of them go to work, but they get better.’” This caused a lot of conflict in the media, because now citizens who have social media accounts feed into the lies by posting the fake information and spreading it. The false accusations in the newspapers we read everyday are providing information that is not true and the sources we are supposed to trust are leading us to believe the wrong thing, causing fear and worry in the media.