No More Mass Shootings on TV for ME

Pray for the Families in Newtown, ConnecticutI refuse to watch any more of the tragic events on TV.

It doesn’t help the victims, the families of the victims and it doesn’t help me. It’s disturbing and upsetting and achieves nothing. If you want to help the families of the victims, please do so. Watching the worst of humanity on humanity helps no one. It only means the news media will feed more of it to you. The cycle will never end. I am not saying the news media is the cause, but it feeds and exacerbates the problem.  The News Media LOVES the EVIL and the DEPRAVITY because it means more viewers and that means more advertising dollars. Don’t feed that Monster. Net benefit to you and to society for watching Tragedy on the News — ZERO. If you want to help, then help. If you want to resolve to become a better person to help make the world a better place — great. But I refuse to watch any more coverage of these mass shootings on TV or the Internet or anywhere. It’s very disturbing and upsetting, distressing and depressing and doesn’t help me or the people around me in any way. We can pray for the victims and their families and all of humanity. If you believe in the power of prayer, then please do so. I will.  If you don’t believe in the power of prayer, that’s fine.   At least don’t let yourself get sucked into this Vortex of Negativity. You will be doing yourself and everyone around you a favor. It is hard not to say anything any longer about these recurring tragedies.  This is not the country or the world I grew up in.

Thanks for letting me share my thoughts on this matter.

 

Article Written by Jim Landers aka “Jupiter Jim”

 

 

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  • Terrence Dec 15, 2012, 3:41 am

    I see your point on some of the things you mention but, if we did not have new media to report these events, no matter how tragic they are, the nation [and the world] would never know these events even happened.

  • Bill Dec 15, 2012, 6:16 am

    Agreed. It helps no one but the american “news” media which will make grist for their mill out of this for weeks to come. I turned it off last night and it stays off.

    • jupiterjim Dec 16, 2012, 2:10 pm

      Bill,

      Good for you. I didn’t watch any news or listen to any of this news since it came on and I am better for it. I get little snippets of it on the Internet inadvertently, but I have’t gone to any news sites. The news media LOVES the tragedy. It makes them money. It makes them feel important. It doesn’t benefit me or my mind at all!

      Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

      ~ Jupiter Jim

  • Lydia Brown Dec 15, 2012, 2:12 pm

    We do need the media some family members use it to find out about their families when these things happen, but like with anything else I think the media could do a better job with how information is reported. I watched yesterday how the media reached out for any small thing to report as the police held back details. That I found to be a headache. I did not appreciate the interviews with the children who were the only witnesses the media had at the time even if the parents approved. The best that can be done is to have your own filter and turn the TV or radio off.

    • jupiterjim Dec 24, 2012, 4:55 am

      Lydia,

      You said it all and I agree with you. I didn’t watch the news so I didn’t see the children being interviewed. But, people who did, said the whole idea of interviewing these little kids was “out of line” and “over the line” and achieved nothing.

      The People in the news media only care about the ratings, not the people. Hello?

      ~ Jupiter Jim

  • Yorinda Dec 15, 2012, 8:32 pm

    Hi Jim,
    what you are expressing resounds with me.

    Yes, feel compassion and send love and light!

    What we focus on expands.

    I join you in the prayer for all those involved.

    Love and Light
    Yorinda

    • jupiterjim Dec 16, 2012, 2:15 pm

      Yorinda,

      I agree with everything you just said.

      We need more love, compassion and understanding at this time and all the time.

      Thanks for sharing!

      ~ Jupiter Jim

  • Dr. Erica Goodstone Dec 16, 2012, 1:14 am

    Jupiter Jim,

    The problem is – the news is on my computer. I do not have the TV on. And then I worked out on my bicycle at my health club, and guess what, the news was on the TV’s in front of me.

    But they have attempted to show all the good works, the heroes, the helpers in a devastating situation. The bottom line is that we need to appreciate and be grateful for whatever we do have in the moment. None of us knows what our future will bring.

    So I agree with you. Less news is easier on our consciousness.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica

  • jupiterjim Dec 16, 2012, 2:08 pm

    Steve,

    Thanks for your well thought, passionate reply. I haven’t thought of a long term strategy yet, like you have. That’s something to discuss. At this point I think if we all stopped watching the madness, we would ourselves feel better and be in a better mood to help the people around us. If we stop watching it and talking about it with everyone, the news media will have to come up with other topics to cover — maybe positive ones? I realize my answer may seem a little naive, but it’s a small positive step in the right direction, I think.

    Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Jupiter Jim

  • jupiterjim Dec 16, 2012, 2:21 pm

    Dr. Erica,

    Wow, I can see it’s hard for you to avoid it! Luckily, I don’t have those problems. I refuse to look at any of the news or newspaper sites online right now. I have run into some headlines and things on Facebook that let me know of the hero teachers. But, that’s it. I used to be a high school teacher. My students would ask me if I had any kids. I would say yes I do, I have 132. When you are a teacher you love those kids and first graders are so precious, of course.

    But what I need to do now is not hear anything more about this tragedy. I need to meditate more, and get more balanced, and share more love and joy and compassion with the world. That’s what it needs right now.

    Thank you for sharing!

    ~ Jupiter Jim

  • Adrienne Dec 18, 2012, 10:11 am

    I don’t watch the news Jim and haven’t in years. Not even when this tragedy occurred did I tune in. I keep things positive in my life everyday and I’m not discarding what happened last week to all of those poor people who lost their lives. Their families have remained in my prayers.

    The problem with the news is they continue to always talk about the bad in the world. If they started reporting more about the good people did instead then perhaps this world could turn around. No more nut cases trying to top the last jerk that picked up a gun and killed innocent people. Just think if they wanted to be the next person on TV showcasing what a great deed they did. Wouldn’t that be awesome.

    I agree Jim, shut off the TV and quit supporting these networks.

    ~Adrienne

    • jupiterjim Dec 24, 2012, 4:36 am

      Adrienne,

      I really cannot add anything to what you just said. I agree with all of it. The Intense News Coverage of these Evil and Wicked events gives all the psychologically unstable people in this world a shortcut to fame and crazy ideas for more of the same.

      I do wonder what would happen if a News Network only covered Positive News? Does the news media drive the negativity or do we attract the negativity that the news feeds us? Could a positive news network survive?

      I wonder!

      Thanks for sharing!!!

      ~ Jupiter Jim

  • marquita herald Dec 19, 2012, 5:26 am

    I’ll just add my two cents to the other comments, I agree with you Jim. It’s heartbreaking to say the least, but after the initial reporting the media just goes after every little thing to keep it all in our faces. I have the news on my computer to – we all do – but we also have the choice of not having it in our faces when we’re online. I usually run through the news online over coffee in the morning and that’s it. As far as I’m concerned, unless the tsunami sirens go off signaling a tidal wave is headed our direction, there’s no news that can’t wait until the next morning.

    • jupiterjim Dec 24, 2012, 4:52 am

      Marty,

      You 100% correct. I used to work as a leasing consultant for a luxury apartment complex many years ago when I lived in California. I didn’t have TV and didn’t watch it. Someone comes in and ask me what I thought about Mike Tyson biting his opponents ear off (maybe it was Evander Holyfield? who knows? Who cares? That’s how important it is!). I had No Idea what he was talking about, but quickly caught on that this was the “latest news” that everyone was talking about. And in an instant I was “caught up” on the latest news Without ever watching it. I didn’t even need to see the news clip of the event to know exactly what happened.

      Just another example of how people will tell you the “latest news” without you drowning in it.

      And the excruciating detail with which the news goes over the Newton Tragedy and every tragedy in the end does nothing to help anyone or heal anyone. It brings the news more viewers and more advertising dollars — that’s it.

      On top of that, it gives all the crazy and mentally unstable people out there ideas on how to become famous overnight at the expense of everyone else. That’s another tragedy in the making.

      So sad.

      Thanks for sharing.

      ~ Jupiter Jim

  • Dennis Dec 19, 2012, 12:21 pm

    I agree. I don’t think the news media really knows how much of an effect these stories have on young people. (But then again maybe they do.) They will keep showing over and over the same tragedy about some nut that went on a rampage and killed innocents. You never see or read about the single mother that used a gun to protect her children by shooting an intruder. They sensationalize murder and young people are very impressionable. It should be stopped.

    • jupiterjim Dec 24, 2012, 4:31 am

      Dennis,

      You are correct. This intense coverage of Mass Murder shows the whack jobs in this world an easy way to become famous.

      The extensive coverage changes nothing and helps nobody. It does keep the advertising dollars flowing though. That, apparently, is what the News Networks are all about now. Sensationalism and Advertising Dollars.

      And we feed into it.

      Well, I am getting my life and my positivity back now!

  • Jessica vanZyl Dec 19, 2012, 8:41 pm

    These days the news is only full of bad news it seems, I think if you absolutely need to watch the news then the best thing to do is to either watch one of the more funnier shows that still update you on the news but don’t go into all the horrible details none of us need to hear about.
    When younger people see these things on the news that could encourage them to go out and try things like that to get onto the tv and that is not how it should be.

    • jupiterjim Dec 24, 2012, 4:27 am

      Jessica,

      I majored in psychology. I remember reading in my textbook how coverage of these outrageous acts of violence and mayhem actually produce copycats and more of the same behavior. So you are correct in pointing that out. Good point.

      So why does everyone keep watching this stuff?

  • Nannie Haney Dec 20, 2012, 6:52 am

    Why don’t news networks cover happy events in the same intensity as this? Whenever something tragic happens, it gets picked apart by news networks. Whenever something good happens, it gets briefly mentioned and then they move on to more tragedy.

    • jupiterjim Dec 24, 2012, 4:24 am

      Nannie,

      You are correct. That’s exactly what happens! I wonder what would happen if a news network just covered all the good stuff that went on in the world? Would they thrive or go out of business within the year?

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Astro Gremlin Dec 21, 2012, 2:22 pm

    Jim, I share your feelings and am sickened by those who capitalize on tragedy to promote agendas, careers and “coverage.” Monstrous, senseless evil should not be given the power to fascinate us, dictate policy, or make us suffer fools who crawl out of the woodwork with quick, easy prescriptions. The voyeuristic carnival of spectacle and “analysis” does not illuminate us or offer meaning, and helps no one. If prayer means expressing hope that the victims’ families somehow find comfort and a path through their grief, I pray this now.

    • jupiterjim Dec 24, 2012, 4:22 am

      Astro Gremlin,

      Well said! I cannot really expand on what you’ve said as you’ve articulated your thoughts so well here and I agree wholeheartedly!

      Thanks for commenting, as usual!

      ~ Jupiter Jim

  • Jamie Bishop Dec 22, 2012, 10:15 am

    Hi Jim,

    I agree with you wholeheartedly.I stopped watching the news years ago because it has been full of nothing but negativity for years.The news media thrives on it.I did however start watching the news again recently,(why,I have no idea),and watched as our most recent tragedy unfold.It broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes to see this.The story has been played on every news channel I know for over a week now and I have to wonder how it makes those poor families of the victims feel to see this tragedy unfold again and again on national t.v. and the internet as well.Very seldom do you see the media saying or reporting on anything positive and it makes me feel like their is no positive left in this world.You’re right,we only feed their fire when millions of viewers watch this garbage each day.I feel like “we the people” have helped the media thrive and become the powerful weapon that it is today and we need to work to take this “media monster” off it’s pedestal.I personally will make it another 10 years without turning on garbage t.v.

    Thank you for sharing,

    Jamie

    • jupiterjim Dec 24, 2012, 4:17 am

      Jamie,

      You are yet another person reminding me that I do NOT have to watch the news ever again. Thank you for that.

      Also, like you said, they never seem to report on anything positive. If they do it is rare and a SMALL tiny portion of the totally negative news coverage. It’s never worth the news to catch a tiny but of positivity because it is drowned in violence, corruption and murders. I just cannot fill my brain with that stuff any more.

      You wrote a great short essay in response to my blog post and I appreciate that.

      You should copy and paste that onto Facebook after the Holidays!

      ~ Jupiter Jim

  • Rick Lelchuk Dec 22, 2012, 2:31 pm

    Jim,

    Thank you for saying what had to be said. There is nothing gained by digging into the minutia of this kind of an event. I don’t watch TV news, haven’t for probably a decade, but I heard about the shootings nonetheless.

    Work at the local level and be vigilant. Keep an eye out for troubled young men (all the shootings come from young men) and give them something more than video games.

    Thanks, Jim,

    RICK

    • jupiterjim Dec 24, 2012, 4:09 am

      Rick,

      First of all, I read your article on Desire for Success and it’s an excellent article. I hope people visit it and read it.

      Thanks for letting me know you haven’t watched the news in over 10 years. That really inspires me to NOT watch the news ever again. They get paid for “reporting” the news. I do not get paid to watch any of it!

  • Sigal Zoldan Dec 23, 2012, 1:20 am

    Hi Jim,
    Thank you for this post. I am with you. I own a TV but I’m not hooked to any cable, so I have control over what I watch. I usually get the news from my husband that saw something on facebook.

    Worry actually cause more damage and that’s why many times I keep things to myself because I feel that if I’ll share it with others they will start worrying and that will not support me.

    Will pray.
    Much love and Many Blessings to you in this season and beyond.

    Sigal Zoldan

  • jupiterjim Dec 24, 2012, 4:06 am

    Sigal,

    You are one more person who is inspiring me to watch very little TV and when I do to NOT watch the News. Like you said, if it’s a major news event or tragedy, someone somewhere will share the bad news with you, so there is no need to follow the news on the TV or Internet. The past year I followed politics and the news. Net benefit to me, my business and those around me was ZERO. So I am stopping that behavior now! I have a business and a life to run!

  • Thelma Roberts Dec 26, 2012, 6:41 am

    Why don’t news networks cover happy events in the same intensity as this? Whenever something tragic happens, it gets picked apart by news networks. Whenever something good happens, it gets briefly mentioned and then they move on to more tragedy.

  • Donna Merrill Dec 27, 2012, 1:43 pm

    Hey Jim!

    Totally Agreed! I watched what was going on for a little while, but realized that one has to wait to get the true story. So I shut off my TV

    If I get caught up in the media in any way shape or form, it is only negative energy. I don’t watch it, unless there is “breaking news” that pertains to people I know.

    I use my computer to get the facts…just the facts…if there is such a thing lol.

    I used to follow politics, disasters, etc. But….it only lead to depression and anxiety. Who needs that?

    Thanks for posting this,
    Donna

  • nick catricala Dec 28, 2012, 2:58 pm

    Hey Jim, congratulation for joing the growing group who does not care to watch what the news want you to focus…
    I done that many, many years a go.. YES, I am sorry for what happen and I feel for all who is alive to suffer.. BUT I truly believe that reading about and watching news about it and talking about DOES NOT HELP ANYONE.. what will help is if EVERYONE consider to focus on what anyone can do good for themselves and others and that way The whole world will benefit.

    Thanks for your article and THANKS so much for being YOU as a person and as a business man and as a Human beain.
    Happy and Healthy 2013
    nickc

  • Holly Dec 29, 2012, 9:05 pm

    I have to say that I agree about not exploiting and making big news of these types of events. I don’t watch tv or listen to radio for that reason.. If I see it on the internet I look and then don’t put too much time and effort into the whole thing. It may sound in sensitive, but why make such negative things a part of my life…

  • Raena Lynn Dec 29, 2012, 9:12 pm

    Hi Jim,

    I totally agree with your stand. There was a time in my life when I watched television which included the good, the bad, and the ugly. Presently, I do not own a television by choice because most of it is negative or ignorant. It is a distraction, a time waster, and depression creator. I don’t find any value in any of it.

    If something newsworthy comes up, then I choose what I want to read about or watch. The media will do anything to get people to watch their news because, as you stated, “The News Media LOVES the EVIL and the DEPRAVITY because it means more viewers and that means more advertising dollars.”

    The tragedy that occurred in Newtown Connecticut happened. It was horrible and dramatizing it over and over is not going to change anything. Let them rest in peace.

    Raena Lynn

    • jupiterjim Dec 29, 2012, 9:41 pm

      Raena,

      Thanks for your thoughtful and heartfelt comments!

      I feel good that this post, based on a very similar post I placed on Facebook has attracted to me a lot of good, “high quality people” (meaning the people that I would like to ‘hang around’ or emulate) who have told me that they do NOT watch TV, watch LITTLE or NO TV or do NOT OWN a TV!!! It’s amazing. If you watch TV, you assume everyone does — WRONG!!!.

      I still own a TV but since the tragedy in Newtown, I have cut down on TV viewing time dramatically and Never watch the TV News anymore — it’s so stressful, depressing, distressing. So ironically, since the “shooting” (which is a very sad and very tragic event), my attitude has never been better! (I realize that on the face of it, that sounds kinda whacked!) “Why do you feel better?”, one might ask. Well, because ever since the shooting I have only watched a total of about 5 minutes of News and listened to a few minutes more of it on the radio. In other words, since this sad and tragic mass shooting in Newtown, I have cut out the CNN (Constantly Negative News), cut out the ‘hate talk radio” (LOL) and the Internet News and Newspapers and political blogs. So I have literally cut out almost all of the things over which I have Absolutely No Control. I have cut out the things that distract me from my work and business which is WordPress, Thesis Theme, and helping people make money online and Fire Their Boss!!!

      So after cutting out all the negative, stressful, depressing and distressing sources of Life-Opposing Information, my attitude about everything has suddenly gone way up! It’s great. And it was sooooo easy to do! Doh!

      Once again, what happened in Newtown, Connecticut is a very sad and very tragic event. It’s pure wickedness. My heart goes out to all the little children and people that were shot and killed or wounded. My heart goes out to all their family, friends and loved ones. I pray for them all.

      And please note, also, that I am seriously thinking of throwing out my TV thanks to you and people like you!

      I am definitely reading more and reading uplifting stuff, too!

      It’s a crazy concept, I know!

      Have a great one in 2013, Raena Lynn!!!

      ~ Jupiter Jim

  • Raena Lynn Dec 29, 2012, 11:29 pm

    Wow Jim, I never have received a comment from one of my comments as impressive as this one! I can relate to your feelings because I went through the same thing. I always assumed everyone watched television because we always had one.

    A couple of years ago, I felt I needed to either stop watching television, or get rid of it because my attitude was changing. I decided to get rid of it. At first, I thought I was missing out on something. It didn’t take long to realize I made the right decision. I chose to spend my time with my business, reading uplifting stories or personal development books, and doing activities I wanted to do.

    Recently I was at a live event. We stayed in a hotel room, and of course there was a big screen tv in the room. For fun, I turned it on and started to channel surf. I turned it off in less than 5 minutes. Every channel was…no other way to say it…stupid. I remember shaking my head thinking, I’m not missing anything!

    I say, get rid of it…you will be glad you did!

    I wish you a prosperous 2013!

    Raena Lynn

  • Nile Dec 30, 2012, 1:50 am

    I never watched this on the TV, only got the news on Yahoo! This was a terrible event and it pisses me off about some of the stupid reactions people have about guns. Guns do not kill people… people kill people. I just pray that these families will heal over time.

    • jupiterjim Jan 19, 2013, 6:37 am

      Nile, thanks for your comment. You always know what you are talking about!

  • Shalu Sharma Jan 1, 2013, 6:38 am

    I saw this piece of news and felt really sad about it. Sometimes you just wonder why people behave like this. Its amazing how one human being can do this to another. Just out of curiosity, what are the gun lobby saying, do you think there will be any laws prohibiting buying of guns?

    • jupiterjim Jan 19, 2013, 6:36 am

      Shalu,

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Don’t worry there will be lots of debates about gun laws now. Politicians love this stuff, unfortunately!

  • Shahil Jan 8, 2013, 2:34 am

    Psychologically compromised individuals are not all violent..no one knows what causes “The Snap”…a perfectly sound mind can go mad. Reality and life can be very difficult..I’m in no way condoning these murderous acts but perhaps violence is a default coping mechanism..if our environment is saturated with violence and we’ve become accustomed to violence maybe that’s why we can Snap. The “Violent High” is prevalent amongst the military community and maybe it’s permeated throughout the rest of society.

  • Bryan Jan 14, 2013, 8:45 am

    Watch at least once or twice to know the situation and then help. I feel sorry also for those watching the news so many times with the same story and did nothing and pure of comments. Make this world a better place starting with our selves.

  • Suman Jan 25, 2013, 12:04 pm

    Hi JUPITERJIM
    The movie theatre was a gun free zone. Any “nut” can’t just carry guns, you have to pass background checks.

    There’s no law that can stop you from picking up your gun and start mowing down people in public. Literally.
    Thanks for share this post.

  • Sarah Arrow Apr 6, 2013, 6:16 am

    Jim, I know I’m late to the conversation – I know where you are coming from. I also refuse to watch this sort of thing on TV. Its one of those situations that I don’t think the media help with and it must really hurt those families.

    Months later they are still in my thoughts and prayers and I still feel helpless in these situations, like many others do.

  • Patricia Spain Mar 11, 2014, 1:55 pm

    Hi Jim,
    Wow, I couldn’t agree with you more. They need to report the news but not in a way that it becomes a circus. It is heart breaking to know what those people went through but lets not sensationalize it and make other sick people think that they too might find their 15 minutes of fame in some sick way like this.

    Thanks for your thoughtful blog.
    Patty Spain

    • jupiterjim Mar 13, 2014, 1:16 am

      Patty,

      Exactly!!! Another HUGE drawback to publicizing these events is that the perpetrators often become famous, or at least infamous, for year to come! It’s a sick twisted way to be remembered, but for some perpetrators, that’s better than nothing, even if they, the perps, need to die in the process!!!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Rocco Msing May 13, 2016, 7:36 am

    I found many times, the news media are showing too much of an incident, just to spice up their news content. For earning more, but not for humanity. We can’t ignore them though, at least we must filter what is shows or tells.

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