Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Daily Jolly

'Bad news sells' has been the principle of the mainstream press for a couple of centuries. Have you ever noticed that you feel more upbeat if you don't read a newspaper or see the tv news for a week? Disasters, frauds, cutbacks, recessions, unemployment, terrorism, kidnappings, murders and muggings fill the news and produce a general feeling of doom and gloom. I reckon their theory is that by absorbing it, we feel part of a group that is banding together in adversity, to fight against a common enemy, like soldiers in a war.

If this is true (and I suspect that the newspapers will have invested heavily to find out) then there will be a small market indeed for Chalk Enterprises' new endeavour provisionally entitled 'The Daily Jolly' which will report such upbeat things as the success of the London rent a bike scheme, the numerous crime free neighbourhoods where teenagers are doing their homework of an evening rather than prowling the streets hoping to relieve you of your mobile phone and the beautiful colours of autumn visible up and down the country at the moment.

9 comments:

kynon said...

I remarked the other night that it made a great difference to have the greatest feel-good story of recent times on the TV - the rescue of the Chilean miners.

Fairly warms the cockles, it does.

TonyF said...

Some meeja magnate once said "Give them their daily hate" referring to selling papers that create, well, controversy. If there wasn't any 'real' news, make it up. No change there then.

I stopped wasting money on papers, when I realised all they wanted from me was my money, not to inform, educate, or entertain.

Dack said...

I got home before 5pm today. My car hasn't broken down in three months. I've just opened a quote for a plumbing job that's only a hundred quid more than I'd anticipated. The neighbour's cat has gone missing. My glass is half full.

Brian, follower of Deornoth said...

Who was it said that "when the newspapers of a country are full of good news, the prisons of that country are filled with good people"?

Lilyofthefield said...

To misquote Comic Book Store Guy:
"Autumn - could it BE any more brown?"

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you should rethink the name having just googled dailyjolly.

Felch said...

Might have to think of another name

http://www.dailyjolly.co.uk/

Katabasis said...

I like this idea!

By the way, on this topic, if you haven't read Nick Davies' Flat Earth News I would highly recommend it.

Stealth Jew said...

I don't read the newspaper or watch the news. The news is especially bad because one can't just skim past the articles that are too dire.

I think many people do have some need to believe that the world is in imminent danger of ending -- see global warming.