It’s hard not to scroll through an online media site or sit through the first 10 minutes of any TV newscast lately without thinking much of the world is in free fall.
Headlines range from night-after-night reports of shootings throughout Chicago, to the escalating conflicts between Israel and Gaza as well as Russia and Ukraine, to lawmakers suing the president of the United States over healthcare reform. News of the deadliest Ebola virus outbreak ever spreading through Africa along with tens of thousands of adults and children fleeing violence in Central America for the Texas border in search of better lives adds to the despair of the day. Plus, what’s with all the small planes crashing into beaches and store parking lots lately?
Many Facebook posts from friends that are usually on the lighter side are now forums for more serious commentary and for sharing articles expressing strong viewpoints. Some who I regularly see on Facebook even admit in their latest posts that they need to take a break from constantly commenting on events impacting their lives.
On a much less serious note, it has also been a long summer for Chicago sports fans. Both of our baseball teams are already far out of any playoff picture as the Cubs and Sox both play in front of sparse home crowds. NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony took a pass on signing with the Bulls to earn a bigger truckload of money to play on a bad team in New York and remember our MLS soccer team, the Chicago Fire? Well, it’s not doing so “hot” either.
So what to do? News has always come in peaks and valleys – with trends lasting months or changing by the day in roller coaster transitions from bad – to good – to somewhere in between. Yes, turning away from the screen or radio speaker in favor of a book or movie helps, at least temporarily. Putting everything in proper balance and taking a deeper dive into understanding current conflicts might also mitigate the constant “headline, news flash” reaction syndrome.
There’s always more going on than just what you see in the headlines and the good stuff isn’t always hard to find, just during certain times when it seems like nothing is going right.
Wait, this just in… Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom got into a fight!? Ok, maybe we’ve got more serious things to ponder.
Eric Scott is a Pioneer Press community contributor and former TV newscast producer now working in corporate communications. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Lincolnshire Lightning Travel Soccer Club and on the Stevenson High School Foundation’s Communications Committee. Interested in writing or blogging for the Pioneer Press? Email email@example.com. Submissions also can be made here.Tags: Eric Scott, Flying Under the Radar