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(Wall Street Journal)   Americans think their own lives are swell, but are convinced the whole country is going to hell. Why? "Our impressions of the nation as a whole come from the media and from political blather, which both exaggerate the negative"   (online.wsj.com) divider line
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2008-06-13 10:48:12 AM  
They exaggerate the positive too lest ye forget Mr. Murdoch. They're cheerleaders telling the public what they want to hear.
 
2008-06-13 10:52:28 AM  
People don't like being honest about how much trouble and sorrow they are experiencing, so they point out the troubles and sorrows of others.
 
2008-06-13 10:54:29 AM  
Well, you guys are just a ray of sunshine.
 
2008-06-13 10:57:28 AM  
Nabb1: Well, you guys are just a ray of sunshine.

Exactly. Buck up! Put on a smile, guys!
 
2008-06-13 11:01:33 AM  
We have nothing to fear, but fear itself. And those "OUT OF AREA" caller ID tags.
 
2008-06-13 11:04:13 AM  
Wall Street Journal: Producing rose smelling shiat since 1889
 
2008-06-13 11:06:00 AM  
Every two years I get reminded about how bad off I am. Every four I'm reminded about how really bad off I am.

Can't believe I've lived as long as I have as bad off I have been.
 
2008-06-13 11:07:26 AM  
"Americans think their own lives are swell..."

Not many (if any) I've been talking to.
 
2008-06-13 11:13:43 AM  
The WSJ is fishwrap.
 
2008-06-13 11:14:21 AM  
You mean like how FOX & Friends referred to the Clinton budget surplus as a "deficit on the plus side"?

I think that's called Newspeak.
 
2008-06-13 11:15:21 AM  
Diogenes: "Americans think their own lives are swell..."

Not many (if any) I've been talking to.


Well people always love to exaggerate. A stubbed toe is equivalent to someone elses broken leg.
 
2008-06-13 11:15:45 AM  
"Our impressions of the nation as a whole come from the media and from political blather, which both exaggerate the negative"

You see, we've done a complete 180 from where we were.

From what I've heard, we should accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and don't mess around with Mr. Inbetween.
 
2008-06-13 11:16:12 AM  
I live on the side of Molehill Mt. so I'm really getting a kick.....
 
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2008-06-13 11:16:15 AM  
fenrael23: The WSJ is fishwrap.

This.
 
2008-06-13 11:16:31 AM  
I'd rather be drinking beer.
 
2008-06-13 11:17:02 AM  
The WSJ has been Murdoched.

$4/gallon for gas == less money for other things

$5/gallon for Diesel == Prices go up on EVERYTHING.
 
2008-06-13 11:17:16 AM  
I'm doing pretty well. How you doin'?
 
2008-06-13 11:17:28 AM  
Leave it to the Super Rich to piss on you and tell you it's raining.
 
2008-06-13 11:18:08 AM  
This isn't anything restricted to the U.S. There was a nice report out a couple of months ago in the UK. The surveyed people about the state of the NHS:

The result? The large majority said they were very satisfied with the service that they had received, but felt that the services as a whole was going down the shiatter.
 
2008-06-13 11:18:25 AM  
Hobodeluxe: Leave it to the Super Rich to piss on you and tell you it's raining.

That's why I call it "Golden Shower" instead of "Trickle Down."
 
2008-06-13 11:18:56 AM  
Nestea Plunge: You mean like how FOX & Friends referred to the Clinton budget surplus as a "deficit on the plus side"?

That didn't really happen, did it?
 
2008-06-13 11:18:58 AM  
People like thinking their lives are great. To think otherwise is depressing. Don't worry it isn't you who is six months from layoff. It's that other poor sucker.
 
2008-06-13 11:19:05 AM  
submitter: Americans think their own lives are swell

Yup - anymore `swelling' and we'll need two crowbars and a bucket of KY gel to squeeze you through the doors at Mickey D's.
 
2008-06-13 11:19:15 AM  
I think it is the fault of Fark threads like this one that I think this country is going to hell.
 
2008-06-13 11:19:18 AM  
who'd they survey, people from Coonecticut?
 
2008-06-13 11:19:29 AM  
Shaggy_C: They exaggerate the positive too lest ye forget Mr. Murdoch. They're cheerleaders telling the public what they want to hear.

Cheerleaders in public?

/sometimes, the public only hears what it wants to hear.
 
2008-06-13 11:20:07 AM  
Yes, its a great time to be an american. Our president alone is a beacon of freedom for the entire world. Nothing says freedom like getting away with it. From the scandal of Enron to the quagmire of Iraq, nowhere on earth could a coke snortin', hard drinking, former AWOL trust fund baby have such a great run in power. Here's to all of us, because we ROCK!

/cue the Lee Greenwood music or maybe that Toby Keith song about 'puttin' a boot in your ass its the american way.'
//awesome
///gotta run, gotta make the second job for today so I can buy gas and groceries this week.
 
2008-06-13 11:20:40 AM  
I'm considered just above "poverty" level, but for some crazy reason life is great. I am healthy and fine and very happy.

Shame on me for not buying what other miserable people are telling me 'what is'...
 
2008-06-13 11:20:40 AM  
No shiat huh... My Mother has been starting to think the American life has started to go to shiat... But she doesn't have a specific example...
 
2008-06-13 11:20:52 AM  
People know that something is wrong, but they are doing OK, as in not starving or being out of work. That is a far cry from doing really well and being positive about ones future.
 
2008-06-13 11:20:54 AM  
The press simply hates the current administration.

If a Obamalamadingdong wins the election, and he changes NOTHING...meaning everything stays exactly the same, you will see article after article about how people have increased optimism, how 95% of mortgages are being paid on time (same as now), etc, etc.

They will spin their news a completely different way because their guy will be in office.
 
2008-06-13 11:20:58 AM  
fenrael23: The WSJ is fishwrap.

As for the opinion section, I agree.

The part that gives out facts based on reality (the news part) is pretty good and interesting.

The two parts have traditionally been very independent from each other.
 
2008-06-13 11:21:16 AM  
Diesel, as we all know, fuels the majority of trucks that bring us all the wonderful things we enjoy every day.

So in additon to paying an arm and a leg for gas to go drive to the store, everything in there now costs more because everybody adds the high cost of fuel onto the price paid by consumers.
 
2008-06-13 11:21:40 AM  
Attitude is everything. My job is in an office. I don't get shot at during my work day, don't have to worry about if some punk is gonna pull a knife on me, don't have to charge into burning buildings to try to save people or property. I am not a police officer, a soldier/sailor/marine, or a firefighter. My bad day at work is nothing like one for those people, so I greatly appreciate what they do for the rest of us and I don't whine about when things don't go well.

YMMV
 
2008-06-13 11:21:43 AM  
anyone else notice this:


By GREGG EASTERBROOK



yup...the same one
 
2008-06-13 11:21:51 AM  
Wait, the readership and constituency of the Wall Street Journal would best know "how bad things are" for Americans whose biggest problem isn't a marginal increase in the capital gains tax?

I honestly don't know how middle class families can even afford to have kids these days. You almost have to take out a freakin loan to buy a gallon of milk.
 
2008-06-13 11:22:06 AM  
Yossarian22: Yes, its a great time to be an american. Our president alone is a beacon of freedom for the entire world. Nothing says freedom like getting away with it. From the scandal of Enron to the quagmire of Iraq, nowhere on earth could a coke snortin', hard drinking, former AWOL trust fund baby have such a great run in power. Here's to all of us, because we ROCK!

/cue the Lee Greenwood music or maybe that Toby Keith song about 'puttin' a boot in your ass its the american way.'
//awesome
///gotta run, gotta make the second job for today so I can buy gas and groceries this week.


Let's not forget what we learn here on Fark
 
2008-06-13 11:22:25 AM  
hillbillypharmacist: Nestea Plunge: You mean like how FOX & Friends referred to the Clinton budget surplus as a "deficit on the plus side"?

That didn't really happen, did it?


I heard it man, it was on a Saturday morning, I was drinking coffee and flipping through the news shows and I heard it.
 
2008-06-13 11:23:56 AM  
FTFA


Of course a long, bloody and costly war being fought for no clear purpose depresses the national mood - as it should.
 
2008-06-13 11:24:19 AM  
It's so obvious how people are led by the media. 6 months ago nobody even gave a shiat about the economy, now it's everyone's number 1 issue.

At the risk of sounding like an angry teenage nerd, people are sheep. They repeat what they hear over and over again in the media (can't say I'm immune to this either)
 
2008-06-13 11:24:24 AM  
tweekster: Diogenes: "Americans think their own lives are swell..."

Not many (if any) I've been talking to.

Well people always love to exaggerate. A stubbed toe is equivalent to someone elses broken leg.


I agree that that's a large part of it. Drama queens! ;-)

I used to hate that in college, and even now at work. Everyone complains that their papers, their exams, their workload, their customers are always worse than anyone else's. What is the point?

To answer my question, I think it makes you look like you're working harder than others when you're not. You're just setting perceptual bar higher by claiming everything is worse for you.
 
2008-06-13 11:24:28 AM  
Shaggy_C: They exaggerate the positive too lest ye forget Mr. Murdoch. They're cheerleaders telling the public what they want to hear.

Be! Aggressive!

B-e Aggressive!

B-E A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E.

/Obscure?
//Not on my Fark!
 
2008-06-13 11:25:15 AM  
Sunshine, lollypops and rainbows FTW!!!111!!!1!

/things could be much worse.
//the plants could be plotting to kill us all...
 
2008-06-13 11:25:47 AM  
Don't worry! The very day Obama is sworn in, all this will go away.
 
2008-06-13 11:26:12 AM  
Nestea Plunge: I heard it man, it was on a Saturday morning, I was drinking coffee and flipping through the news shows and I heard it.

Holy f*ck.
 
2008-06-13 11:26:14 AM  
"The way we are could use some work, but overall, is pretty good."

says you, Gregg - when I want your OPINION, I'll beat it out of you.
 
2008-06-13 11:26:33 AM  
The US Media makes me ill. I seriously cannot help but laugh at the shiat we watch in my house. We'll wake up and hear about 4 Boy Scouts who died for 15min then spend 4 min hearing about attacks and disasters and political strife in other parts of the world. The local news is even more vomit inducing spending countless minutes going into the putrid details of the molestations and rapes of youth and then blasé move on to the AIDS walk coming up this weekend. Segue ways into weather are pathetic. I just don't know who the fark the national media interviews or what numbers they look at to think that this is what we really want? It's like being in a relationship in which a boyfriend reads an article about how to be more romantic and then munches your rug till it's sore and raw and then takes a shiat in your bathroom and doesn't flush and then leaves without washing his hands. It's exactly like that. UGHHHH!
 
2008-06-13 11:26:37 AM  
Yossarian22: From the scandal of Enron to the quagmire of Iraq, nowhere on earth could a coke snortin', hard drinking, former AWOL trust fund baby have such a great run in power. Here's to all of us, because we ROCK!

Are you honestly trying to blame Bush for Enron? Seriously?
 
2008-06-13 11:27:05 AM  
yelmrog: "Our impressions of the nation as a whole come from the media and from political blather, which both exaggerate the negative"

You see, we've done a complete 180 from where we were.

From what I've heard, we should accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and don't mess around with Mr. Inbetween.


Don't forget to latch on to the affirmative, too!
 
2008-06-13 11:27:13 AM  
Yeah if it weren't for the news media, the Iraqis would have tossed flowers at us long ago, the national debt wouldn't have nearly doubled, and the gas prices would have leveled off. Really.

/Please please please listen to White House tripe instead of Tom Brokaw
 
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