Be Mindful of Tone
I have written on a number of occasions about the tendency for the media to focus on the negative in the world. Most news stories lead on doom and gloom and this has a direct impact on many people’s mental health. I noted yesterday in the events of the Oxford Circus episode which has yet to be explained, but as of the time of writing this, it appears there was nothing to this event other than panic. What I noticed was that the reporters tone seemed to me to be very much about bigging the event up. It appeared almost that the news wanted to keep this a story when it appears that there was nothing really happening at all.
I can totally understand that reporters want news and stories and that the more exciting the better. However, the tone that they use can lead people to believe that there is more to a situation than there is. This can lead to a situation where people are in a perpetual state of agitation and fear. This is not good for the nation’s mental health as it leads to more anxiety which can lead to more difficulties.
I would suggest that the media cover the news and do a better job of not using emotionalism be that in words or tone which can have a negative effect on people’s health.