Bad News?

“Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.” Douglas Adams who wrote Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a huge success.

Journalists race each other for a scoop on the next compelling, bad news. Who is being disgraced this week? What natural disaster is barreling through some far off locale? The more horrific the news, the more readers emerge on the paper and electronic media.

Why is it so attractive and viral? Shouldn’t there be at least an equal dose of good news at that pace? Something is amiss. Don’t you think?