Good news is no news.
Hitler used the media to spread his loving message... seriously, what do you think?
It works very well together.<br />
More sensiatonable news items like: AAAAAAAAH! :| Something happened today! AAAAAAAAAAH!<br />
Also induces fear and make people think: "AAAAAAH! :|" more often.
The world is no better or worse. It's just that we have a 24/7 news cycle so the media has to fill all that time with something; hence we hear a lot more news these days.
I think the fact we hear so much more of it makes it just sound worse. I mean, there were things going on behind the scenes back in the day of black & white TV and only 3 networks that we never got a chance to hear about.
The world just got better because of Jong.