Good news is no news.
Hitler used the media to spread his loving message... seriously, what do you think?
The news media just has this nasty tendency to report nothing but bad news and harp on it so much that people think there is nothing good or worth living for.
It works very well together.
More sensiatonable news items like: AAAAAAAAH! :| Something happened today! AAAAAAAAAAH!
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.