|"And that's the way it is..."|
No news is good news!
Assuming this old saying has some modicum of truth to it, while acknowledging that we are indeed awash in news today, we can conclude contrarily that it must be not-so-good news.
Observation certainly confirms that, and also reveals that the public seems to have an insatiable appetite for news. Consequently, we now have media giants hawking newspapers, online news, TV news, radio news, morning news, midday news, afternoon news, evening news, minute-by-minute news, daily news, weekly news, newsweeklies, seven-day-a-week 24-hour-a-day news, news bulletins, news specials, etc.
We take all this for granted today. But should we? Imagine if there was no more news!
It's hard to fathom now, but there was a time long ago when there was no "news" at all. People lived day to day just to survive within small domains — cut off by physical distance or terrain (or worse) without a means to obtain or distribute news about each other. (Some would argue that that is a better condition than what we have today!)
The Phrenicea scenario also portends that bad news will have to disappear for humankind to continue to exist. Violent and antisocial thoughts will be prevented from materializing into behavior that was for a time empowered with the technological might to destroy the Earth's inhabitants. A central controlling entity will have to be implemented — the Phrenicea braincomb.
And without bad news, there will be no news.
Good news is no news!