Media Sensationalism

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Media Sensationalism
In the year 2009, the swine flu craze hit the world. The spread of this so-called terrible pandemic made people around the world terrified. Most of the offices having low attendance, schools being empty and roads bearing a deserted look. However,the hurricane finally has passed, and today,when we look back and ask,did we overreact?

According to the report from the BBC news: Dealing with the outbreak cost Scotland £55m, but the virus turned out to be relatively mild. This typical example shows us that the Scotland actually overreacted during to the epidemics.

Why is the world becoming more and more blundering and easy to react vehemently to even tiny things?I think the media sensationalism should take most of the responsibility.The increasing panic and anxiety around the globe is largely due to the media sensationalism.

Media sensationalism is defined as the style of reporting news to public which involves use of fear, anger, excitement and thrill undertaken by the media to increase the viewership, ratings and lastly profits.

Media sensationalism can lead the ruin of personal life.The most recent one was a case where the mother was acquitted for the child's murder by the Court. But media channels already etched her as a murderer in our minds making her life a hell in our society. I don't think anybody would ever believe her side of story and even though she was found not guilty, papers and news telecasters had already crucified her as a devil in disguise. There is nobody could do anything for her.Her personal life has been completely ruined due to the media sensationalism.

Media sensationalism can strongly mislead people and produce unnecessary panic and economic costs.News reports in the UK, especially during the initial stages of the swine flu outbreak predicted huge death tolls in the UK due to swine flu (see this Metro article Swine flu could kill up to 120 million). This arguably resulted in unnecessary panic about the...
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