“I’ve got goods news for you,” a father said to his little girl. “God has just sent you a baby brother.” “Great!” she exclaimed. “Where’s mom? I can’t wait to tell her.” We all like to hear good news and pass it on to others. Regrettably, modern man appears to be more attentive to bad news.
“The News” has become something of a fetish in modern society. A few years ago, a labor-management dispute resulted in a strike which closed down all the newspapers in a big city. TV channels and radio stations reported an abrupt rise in the size of their newscast audiences. In the next town, where there was no strike, police reported a rash of street-corner newspaper thefts. It was highly profitable for a thief to steal a bundle or two and sell them in the neighboring news-starved city at premium prices. One enterprising person began to publish a poorly edited and crudely printed tabloid. Immediately the demand was greater than…
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