Why When Matters are Objectively Good Do We Feel So Bad? Part Two

HM had heard commentators raise the question of why when matters are objectively good, do people feel so bad.  These two posts are an effort to provide explanations.  Part One of this article was basically an explanation of how the news can make us feel bad contrary to the objective situation.   Part Two explains how a particular type of news network can dissociate your feelings from objective reality.  Specifically this is Fox News (which bears no relationship to the Fox in the immediately preceding post).   Fox advertises fair and balanced news, which it is true if you are a right wing conservative.  Conservatives were prone to complain of a bias in the news, almost to the point that there was a conspiracy to conceal the truth.  HM needs to be cautious here and not claim that only conservatives see biases in the news.  Any of us can have a feeling of bias when the presentation is not in accordance with out beliefs, HM knows that he does.  But then he kicks in his higher order thinking processes and realizes that others have different views from his, and that tthere might be some value in this other view.  But this requires him to move from System 1 intuitive information processing to System 2 reasoning.  In laymen terms, he has to think.  This can be time consuming and, for some, painful.

Roger Ailes is given the credit for creating Fox news.  Everyone believes that his motives are political.  However, even if the goal were profit, this would still be a good format.  And in fact, it is profitable, as HM thinks that Fox is the most profitable news network.  First of all, the default position for most people is conservative, particularly if they belong to a racial or socioeconomic group that is benefiting under the present system.  And news consistent with their views that will not cause them to think is highly palatable.

The problem is that the world is dynamic.  It changes and there is a necessity for governments to adapt to these changes.  But this requires people to think, and they find this uncomfortable.  Moreover, they double down on not thinking and become dogmatic.  Dogmatism is anathema to any democracy as democracies require not only changes, but also give and take.

But the motives of Fox News are indeed political.  It plays the same role for conservatives that Pravda played for the former Soviet Union.  When not in power, the message is that the situation is bad.  The best example here is what Trump says and objective reality.  Obama took the United States from the verge of a worldwide economic collapse to one of the leading economies today, but Fox viewers tend to be oblivious to these facts.

Another example is Hillary Clinton and her negatives.  Admittedly, she contributed to some of these negatives, but they are largely the result of being consistently hammered for many years by Fox news.  If Fox  news did to Mother Teresa what they have done to Hillary Clinton, Mother Teresa would also have high negatives.

Fox news has become a running joke.  The satirical review group, The Capitol Steps, featured Hillary Bashing multiple times in their latest CD, “What  to Expect When You’re Expecting.”

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4 Responses to “Why When Matters are Objectively Good Do We Feel So Bad? Part Two”

  1. russvane3 Says:

    Aren’t you getting a little strident and off topic? I rarely use the word objective because it presumes way more knowledge than I have.

    • healthymemory Says:

      No. This bears directly on healthy memories, to say nothing of the health of the country. I could easily write daily blogs on this topic, but I do not want to become preoccupied with this topic.

  2. russvane3 Says:

    The concept of objectivity resident in any one person is hard for me to apprehend. Is it a kind of platonic idealism or are there properties of objectivity that are able to be resolved before time passage and reality delivers evidence that one view now appears to be closer?

    As a practitioner of futuring, trying to foretell risks in acquisition projects that are worthy of insuring against, I don’t use the word ‘objective’ and rarely use the word ‘true.’ It makes conversation more accurate, but sometimes harder to understand… since it becomes so verbose.

    Example:
    Our project is failing to account for security issues… (assumes objectivity)

    Our model of effective security is experiencing contra-indicators from both the changes in schedule and quantity of errors generated during testing.

    ‘Objective’ may be a hot button for me… so I’d like to apologize if I am offbase. I think you have numerous HM posts that indicate that we don’t have this quality – that’s why I challenged the post.

  3. healthymemory Says:

    Your standard for objectivity appears to be a tad stiff. HM doubts that one could ever use it. Justification would have been provided if this were a formal paper, but it is just a blog post. The reader can either accept or reject it. I’ve revised this post to reflect my motivations for writing these two posts. HM had heard commentators raise this question, and this was an attempt to answer their question. HM apologizes for not writing it correctly initially, but thanks for your questions that eventually reminded me of my original motivation.

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