A Social Media Profile Essay examples

1475 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
ENGL 2546 Rhetorical Principles, Professor Spoel
An estimated 1.96 billion individuals and over 78% of U.S. Americans have a social media profile. (Statista, 2016) This number does not include the millions of people who aren 't connected on the web, but are connected through the television. Now, as a young, Canadian boy, I was always taught that spreading positivity was better than outputting negativity. Whether I was playing sports, being a leader in my school, or even just going through my everyday routines, I made sure to stay as positive as I could because of the good vibes it promoted all around me. Well, as I 'm sure many of you have noticed, these days the news-media has been spewing out negativity left and right. The 2016 presidential election? Negative vibes. News regarding 2016 sports superstars? Covered in unneeded criticism and negativity as well. These are only two of a plethora of subjects in which are surrounded by every day negativity on television and in social media.

With that said, the question is why? Why is the news-media promoting so much negativity when positive vibes boost the the greatest feeling in the world, to be happy? Well, Wikileaks editor-in-chief, Julian Assange said it perfectly: “If journalism is good, it is controversial by its nature.” (Assange, 2013) As humans, we have the natural tendency to prioritize negative news over the positive. (Soroka, 2014) Present day news-media companies are very aware of this phenomenon and have…

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