Nevada / May 22, 2012 / by Amy

Many of the people we meet ask us why we’re doing what we do. When we reply saying that it’s partly to combat the omnipresent bad news in the media, they usually agree and say that media today is rather depressing. 

One of the problems we’ve been finding this year (and in the preparation for the project) is that, while people freely admit that there is too much bad news, it’s difficult to get coverage of what we do because it’s not the usual doom and gloom. 

There’s a vicious cycle at work here: the news outlets show a majority of bad news and drama so that’s all people watch and it’s become what people expect. The news we find about people doing good things is often considered a fluff piece at best by a lot of the media. 

Good news isn’t always considered news. So, the news outlets have to make sure they provide as much drama as possible to keep up with their ratings and grasp the attention of people’s ever-shortening attention spans. 

People do expect the dramatic, and, as businesses, what are news outlets to do but give the audience what they want. It really does feel like a cycle that is very difficult to break. 

We have met a lot of amazing people in the media and a lot of them agree with us. In fact, those who we’ve met are very often very glad to be doing a segment about something that’s slightly different but it’s difficult to get traction sometimes. 

That said, we’ve appeared in quite a few newspapers and blogs, we’ve been on live tv and recorded news broadcasts, as well as on the radio once. And, as you’ll find out from Gelb’s post tomorrow, there are even more exciting things in the works. 

So it’s not all bad, certainly, and people both in media and without are receptive to what we do, we just have to find the right people to talk to. It’s a job that is by no means a walk in the park. 

We’ve been told that what we’re doing sounds like a reality tv show. We all laugh because, on one hand it does. On the other hand, compared to reality shows, we don’t get into fights, rarely try to throw each other off the bus and just try to keep the hatred and violence to a minimum. 

Well, Amy Chin is always throwing Chunks, the stuffed panda, at everyone, much to our perpetual dismay, but there’s no actually throwing of things. We all do get along and work very well together. We aren’t dramatic enough, though I know that will probably be highly contested by those people who know us. 

Maybe we should start our own reality tv show but I’m not sure people would find it particularly interesting...

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