Millions of us check the news each morning. We start our days with a quick update on the top stories, whether on our phones, laptops, TV, or radio. Focusing on current headlines (rather than on what really matters), it’s easy to feel there isn’t a lot to be thankful for right now.
It’s not just the stories about war, crime, or the latest environmental scare, all of which have been staples of news coverage for decades (centuries?). The amplification of the news through 24-hour cable networks and social media can make things unprecedentedly bad.
Is your glass half empty…
Politically, after a presidential race pitting the two most unpopular candidates in polling history against each other, we the people seem divided as seldom before. Each side sees the other as not just misinformed or misguided, but as bad, even hateful.
And it’s not merely the usual partisan divide. [Read more…]