Originally posted by sh76
The next time you see headlines that warn of impending disaster for Earth based on excess carbon dioxide emissions or whatever, realize that many people will simply gloss over those headlines because they're conditioned to ignore media warnings by articles like this one:
Two quotes from the article
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But try finding evidence of that in the banner headline or bolded sub-headline.
I agree -- the media loves crises. It sells. But it creates a boy who cried wolf situation -- people end up ignoring legitimate warnings and tune out all scientists because they remember all the false alarms -- and it creates a situation where a legitimate issue (like global warming) needs to be blown way out of proportion just to be heard above the din -- but just when people start noticing the issue, the hysterical excess discredits it.
A similar problem involves what you see whenever authors put out new books - especially on political or social topics. It's either "The Sky's the Limit" or it's "The Sky is Falling" --- for example: everyone wants to buy books telling about why the stock market will be hitting 36,000 -- or why it will be dropping under 3600 -- not too many people want a book telling why the market will rise very gradually and not change very much.