Good News vs. Bad News

My question today is a simple one: what do you like hearing about more – good news or bad news?

I know, this questions is much more complicated than it seems on the surface.  What kind of good news are we talking about?  What kind of bad news?  Let’s just leave that up to the reader, but let me give you the specific example that prompted my wondering and this question today.

I was on the local newspapers website today.  My family hasn’t gotten a physical paper in ages – only picking it up on special occasions when we know we might want one – like for commemorative B-Sens clippings lately.  Well, there was a story on the Binghamton Senators in the paper today and a man commented on how we shouldn’t be talking about their win anymore and we should be more worried about other, more serious news.  He called it a “tired old rag” and said that we should be more worried about the fatal shooting that occurred.

Now, I agree that the area needs to be notified and kept up to date on the status of the fatal shooting.  It is said and atrocious that something like that had to happen and I’m sure it makes many people question many things about the area.  But, the Sens haven’t even been off of their win for a week yet and this guy is calling the news coverage a “tired old rag”?  I mean, really?  I don’t think it’s a tired old rag.

I enjoy hearing human interest pieces (for lack of a better word, as I enjoy things that don’t have to do with sports either) that have come from behind, persistent messages attached to them.  I think that it can teach children a lot, these days.  That you don’t have to shoot someone to get your name in the newspaper.  That you can do something great without violence or disaster striking.  That if you put your mind to it, you can conquer anything.

So, is it important that all news is offered to recipients?  Yes, of course it is.  But is a news story about a hockey team that finally won a city it’s first championship after 38 years a “tired old rag” after only a week?  No, it’s not.

Keep the stories about the team and it’s inspiration coming!  Keep the stories that are current and pressing coming.  It’s all relevant and it’s all important!

What do you think?  Do you prefer good news over bad news?

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