The press has long been guilty of using highly emotive language i.e. the use of strong words to play into the readers feelings – to coerce, to persuade , to horrify, terrify, support political parties, to hate others, and simply to sell papers. The use of vile over bad gives a larger feeling of disgust.
In Australia our politicians are doing this all the time. They have our nation terrified and elections are won on fear with statements such as “reds under our beds”. Our current government is particularly good at doing this (and in fact looking back most of our liberal leaders seem to use this form of control.) Our current leader has the nation worried about refugees, terrorists, Islāmic religion and using positive words for the destruction they are rorting on education, health and most of the social issues which affect people. The latest is ebola.
Ebola is a serious issue. There is no denying that. We need to get in and do what we can in West Africa but our PM is against this. The newspaper journalists I feel are a little sad we have not had a case in this country. We’ve had a few attempts. There was the nurse in Cairns then a few in Southern Qld but none developed so that the papers could spiral us quickly into a state of terror by the use of a similar reporting to the United States. The youtube above shows the differences between UK and US reporting beautifully.
When I saw this I couldn’t help but laugh and immediately thought of Jenni’s weekend funny challenge.