No, People Are Not Actually More Interested in Bad News Than Good News

Rob says: “What kind of information travels fastest? Do people prefer to spread good news or bad news? Would we rather scandalize or enlighten? SURPRISE: People prefer e-mailing articles with positive rather than negative themes, and they liked to send long articles on intellectually challenging topics that inspire awe.”

People Share News That Inspires Awe

What’s the Opposite of Muckraking? Digging up the Good News

Rob says:

There’s lots of good news out there. It’s just underreported. The violent crime rate has declined 50 percent since 1993. Every 24 hours, 200 million people make love on this planet. Levels of literacy and education and freedom are steadily growing everywhere. The world has become dramatically more peaceful since 1992, with wars, coup d’etats, and acts of genocide having declined by 40 percent. Check out the sites listed here.

Rob’s Good News Challenge

Rob says: “Sources of good news are proliferating. In fact, their increasing abundance is proof that there’s no longer any excuse for steeping yourself in the perverse life-hating obsession that infects the mainstream media.

“Here’s my challenge to you: For the period of one week, I dare you to refrain from sucking in the nihilism that pours out of mainstream news sources. Instead, for those seven days, get all your news from the pronoiac websites below.”