With the growth of Facebook and our online communities over the last ten years the world has seen an unsettling rise in negative media. Are we worse off than we were in the past or are we simply more inundated with stories that stoke fear and produce anxiety? It’s hard to tell.
All day, we scroll our news feeds at the office, the dinner table, or in bed. We see a constant drip of stories about Donald Trump, shooting deaths of wild lions and caged gorillas, police abuse, protests, racism, terrorist events. We see opinions on the left and opinions on the right; what we agree on the most is that we are upset.
Yes, we must raise awareness about injustice. Yes, we must speak truth to power. What is largely lacking in the mix, however, is positive media.
“To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” — Buckminster Fuller
In spite of the drama and chaos of this world, there are still so many reasons for hope, and so many remarkable people working to better themselves and their communities. We need to hear more of these stories.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'” — Fred “Mr.” Rogers
Don’t get me wrong. You are justified in your anger and frustrations about the world. But instead of honoring the knee-jerk impulse to share your outrage, pause for a second, take a deep breath, and consider what good you can share.
What are you doing to change the paradigm? Why do you do the work that you do? What about that small act of kindness you witnessed at the store? Share more of those stories.
The world needs more positive media, and the change starts with you.