I find that no matter how many positive and uplifting stories are written, the ones that are viewed as “juicy” or “interesting” are the ones that speak about controversy or malicious gossip. If two articles were posted at the same time on a website, one uplifting and one based on gossip, the one with the gossip would get the most views and comments. Why is that?

We live in a world where people constantly say that the media is full of violence, vulgarity, controversy and sensationalism. The public say that they want to see more positive news stories, yet when they do pop up they get the least amount of ratings/views. There is a great amount of people who rather see the inspirational stories, but the attention they get doesn’t compare to the amount given to all of the other types of news reported.

All publications, television stations and websites cater to what their audience wants. You have the power to dictate what you see in the media, and if everything except heart-warming stories seem to be what the people are attracted to then that is what you will get. It is true that our news must be diversified in order for the public to be as well informed about what is going on in the world as possible, but it should also be balanced. Stories that make you smile are few and far in-between. If you are one of those people who want to see more of those kinds of articles put on front street then when you come across one of them make sure to comment and share them with your friends.

We are constantly bombarded with news that makes us shake our heads in disgust or disbelief every day. Support stories that uplift others and show that they have just as much appeal as the sensationalism we participate in on a daily basis.

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  • I pretty much agree wih most of the comments made so far. People like drama and we’ve been conditioned into accepting negativity, violence, vulgarity and nonsense into our lives without batting an eyelid. That’s not to say people don’t read the articles with sugar on top, it’s just that our palate is more accustomed to the sour and bitter ones. Those ones prevoke people to comment which then leads to it being highlighted as ‘popular’ over the other ones thus drawing more people in.

    I understand the rationale behind the article and it’s interesting that the author decided to write about it but I think it’s rich coming from here when (imo) there’s not enough balance between the ‘positive’ articles and the celebrity gossip/twitter beefs and the giving of more airplay to nonsense that is already available in less credible gossip blogs/socialnetworks. I get it…things like that give the site more hits but then what do you expect when there’s not enough variety and the site is designed in a way that emphasizes the non ‘positive’ stuff?

    I see Clutch are making an effort to mix it up a bit, I appreciate that. I really like the wise words pieces and some of the health stuff but this wouldn’t be my first stop if I was specifically looking for more inspirational, informative and cultural pieces…I see this more as a black gossip site with the odd conversational peices about lifestyle.

  • lynette

    ITA with the other comments. I was just saying this the other day to someone else. You will NEVER see more positive stories than negative ones because they just don’t capture people’s attention. You guys in media know this and so you purposely seek those stories out. Try posting an article about a happily married couple vs a couple going through a nasty divorce and see which one attracts more comments…sorry but it is what it is…

  • MsQuita

    Good point, I will try to comment more often on the positive topics. You can’t make a change unless you change.

  • The Comment

    That is the nature of news. Ask any news room. 1 or more good news stories will cause the ratings to plummet. So it is not this site at all and to suggest so is ignorant. Please don’t slow down the news flow. It is perfect as it is. The site should be a model for others to follow. Cause once the articles slow down….then people start searching somewhere else for it.