A few months in the USA and I am not sure if I am quaking in neurotic psychosomatics or I am simply shivering with resentment.
Day in and and day out, the US media warns us of things which are just about to do us lethal damage. There are new poisons in common foods, terrible perils in simple activities, what was good for us yesterday is dangerous today...
Let's see. What's new this week? Tomatoes that were good for you are now not good for you? Sunscreen that was safe is now hazardous. Sun that was hazardous is now life-giving. Soda drinks are bad for your heart...
The American consumer market dies a zillion little deaths every day - thanks to the mass media.
Truth is that most of these health scare stories are insubstantial with only a slim margin of truth. They are the beat ups of the desperate news media. Media sets itself rules. It will have a health story every day - whether or not there is a valid health story around.
The constant browbeating of the trusting and not profoundly informed masses empowers the media - and also its important supporters, the pharmaceultial companies.
The pharmaceutial companies bombard the public with ads for drugs while the news media bombards the people with illnesses.
Is there a pattern here?