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Media is anomaly driven

The exceptional, the extraordinary, the rare, the unusual, the anomalous, that's what drives the news. Anomalies become the norm for what we think the news provides us. Ironic no?

"Nellie lived until she was 103 before succumbing to heart failure." 
"150 people died in floods in Russia over the weekend."
"4 died in a small plane crash."
"Jessie Moore won the National Spelling Bee."
"The DOJ began investigation yesterday into Fadebook strong arm tactics with it's game developers."

You never hear stuff like the following:

• 98.5% of people in the U.S lived to within a standard deviation of 10 years of the normal life expectancy of 78 years last year.
• 210 million people in Russia did not die in weather related accidents over the weekend.
• 150,233 people, who flew in small airplanes, did not die in plane crashes.
• 20,820 youth tried but did not win the National Spelling Bee last weekend.
• The DOJ did not begin investigation into 16,300 corporations yesterday.

The 99% of stuff that happens is not news worthy. It's not anomalous. It's not rare. And so we NEVER hear about it. We've come to expect that the world is made up of the very special, or the very worst, or the very lucky, or the very unlucky, or the most fantastical, or the most intelligent or the most depraved. Our perspective is now driven by media's need to only ever produce news on anomalous events and people. This has GOT to be twisting  our perceptions in some unpredictable ways.
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