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Talk with the Editor: Why do people ask for good news but look for bad?

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  • Readers may say they want more stories about good news and smiling, happy people, but our list of "Most Viewed Stories" always is filled with tragedy, scandal and disaster. Why is that?

      Readers may say they want more stories about good news and smiling, happy people, but our list of "Most Viewed Stories" always is filled with tragedy, scandal and disaster. Why is that?

 
 

Here's a question for you:

Why is it that people always say they want more positive news, but then the headlines that lead the list of our "Most Viewed Stories" almost always deal with tragedy, scandal or disaster?

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That's not to say that "good news" pieces don't sometimes find their way. And without question, the uplifting stories generate the most compliments and good will. I know people appreciate them and sometimes are inspired by them. One of the most gratifying aspects of the newspaper business is how people will respond to a story of a neighbor in need by actively getting involved to help.

So, no doubt. People do want positive news.

But why is it that they seem to want news of death and destruction more?

I'm curious what you think about that. Perhaps we can get a good discussion going.

Meanwhile, speaking of good news, we're involved in a couple of contests that fall into that category.

If you haven't checked out the videos of the 20 entertainers in the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition, please do so ASAP and then vote for your favorites. Here's the link. Voting ends at noon Friday, and we will present the 10 finalists in Sunday's editions.

Yes, those are a lot of videos to run through, but you won't be sorry you did. Some of these people are really good!

At the same time, last year's inaugural Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge turned out to be so successful that Food Editor Deborah Pankey is running another contest this year. That's just starting up, and she's looking for entrants. If you know your way around the pots and pans, or have a friend or neighbor who does, let her know. Here's the link for that.

(We encourage you to talk with the editor by clicking on the Comments widget and providing your response to today's column. We want a provocative discussion but one that also abides by general rules of civility ... Please also consider friending John on Facebook by searching John Lampinen Daily Herald and following him on Twitter @DHJohnLampinen.)

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