Is it really all such doom and gloom.....

There’s no doubt that we are in the depths of a financial crisis and there may be worst to come but one thing is for sure – we really know how to talk ourselves down, courtesy of the media.

You very rarely see or hear good news in the papers, on TV or radio but, boy, do they know how to keep a bad story going – talk about looking on the black side of things.  There was a classic example in the Daily Telegraph recently.

There’s no doubt that we are in the depths of a financial crisis and there may be worst to come but one thing is for sure – we really know how to talk ourselves down, courtesy of the media.

You very rarely see or hear good news in the papers, on TV or radio but, boy, do they know how to keep a bad story going – talk about looking on the black side of things.

There was a classic example in the Daily Telegraph recently.

In bold headlines on the front page it read “Leading economist says that there is a 1 in 4 chance of a double dip recession”.

You just couldn’t miss it and, as a result, you could be forgiven for immediately falling into the depths of despair.

But with just a little change of emphasis the same story could be so different and leave you in a completely different mood altogether.

Leaving aside the fact that, for every “leading economist” who says one thing it’s so easy to find another who says completely the opposite, what if the Daily Telegraph just altered the headline to read “Leading economist says that there is a 3 in 4 chance of avoiding a double dip recession”

It’s basically saying the same thing but wouldn’t you feel just a little bit better?      

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