Is The Media Feeding us Fear?


The mass media in the Western world possess many qualities that are meant to extract certain feelings out of the viewer. … However, perhaps the most important effect the media has is the ability to induce a constant state of fear in its audience.Jan 27, 2016

i bet there isn’t a person around the world who has not heard the words, Coronavirus 19. It came to my attention when the media began talking about how many people were ill in China.

I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention on it and said a silent prayer that people heal quickly from this. We, here in the United States deal with flu every winter and know that when Spring and warmer weather arrives, the flu leaves us alone.

The media spends much time talking about it on the morning news. I really enjoy the news and can’t help but hear their words about this virus. Still, it was far from me and now it isn’t. There are cases right here in Indiana and other states.

I hear the words about tests and I see schools around me are closing and the kids are E-learning. Colleges are closing, sports games are being played to an empty stadium. Even on my emails, I get letters from businesses that make me aware that they are doing their best to keep their stores as clean as possible so I will continue to shop there.

If you aren’t aware of what this virus is, here is a link.https://news.nnlm.gov/gmr/2020/02/covid-19-coronavirus-for-public-libraries/

I found myself mentally observing various things today while I was in town. “Don’t touch the door handles, stand in the shortest line when paying and don’t stand too close to others, listening to someone coughing and realizing I was backing away.”

These are just a few things I did different today. Will I be more alert the next time I go out? Is this the media’s speeches that I’m remembering in my head? I’m on an antibiotic at the present because of an ear infection, so aren’t I safe? Is washing our hands constantly really enough?

I understand no one wants this to happen to them or loved ones. Are we doing enough? Should we be doing more? Are we smart enough to use common sense or is the media feeding us?

6 thoughts on “Is The Media Feeding us Fear?

  1. The mainstream media are famous for putting out there what they want us to believe, and they do often instill fear into the people. I realize this virus is serious and there is no antibiotic or vaccine to treat or prevent it, but I have also read that intravenous Vitamin C is being used in China to cure it and that the Western world is nay-saying it. It’s hard to figure out the real truth of what is going on. I also had an e-mail from someone telling about the SARS outbreak and how in the Philippines they had very little of it because of the amount of coconut oil they use. So I believe there are natural things that we can do to help, but IV Vitamin C therapy is expensive. Most doctors would not order it even if the patient had the money to pay. I haven’t been out since Sunday as I have been sick with a sinus issue, but will need groceries in a couple of days. I’m not panicking, though, about this virus. I’m not sure that it’s killing any more people that the ones we have dealt with in past years. Every year some new virus presents itself and there is always an exaggeration of what will happen. Is that what’s happening now? I don’t know, but I do hope it doesn’t turn into the widespread plague that has been predicted. Hope your ear infection is better.

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    • You are right. We really don’t know. Our President says everything is under control. Yes, there have been deaths but the totals are low considering the amount of people on earth. People get the flu shots here and usually it never covers the flu that comes out that year. I am cautious for sure but I am not saying goodbye to my family, yet. lol. I hope your sinus infection gets better. I have had several of those through the years and they are not fun. My ears are hurting today but I think it is the antibiotic at work, digging down in my ear killing the infection. Our temps are slowly rising, are yours?

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