Good news — or else!

Tim Frye sends along this op-ed from Michael Bohm in the Moscow Times:

State Duma Deputy Oleg Mikheyev from the Just Russia party came up with an original idea to lift the spirits of people depressed by all of the bad news they face every day from the country’s leading media outlets. Last week, he presented a new bill that would force Russia’s main media to limit their amount of “negative information” to 30 percent, while boosting the amount of “positive information” to 70 percent. Journalists found in violation of these rules could face prison sentences of two to six years.

Citing unspecified “medical norms,” Mikheyev said the 30 percent figure is the “maximum allowable amount” of negative information that most people can endure without damaging their psyche. When the amount of negative information exceeds 30 percent, which it clearly has by several times already, the stress level of many people rises to the point where they suffer “spontaneous attacks of rage and aggression,” Mikheyev said. Too much negative information also “weakens their ability to think and lowers their creative powers.” . . .

Luckily they wouldn’t have to institute such a law here at Columbia or other Ivy League institutions. We’re already giving 70% A’s as it is. . . .

2 Responses to Good news — or else!

  1. Andreas Moser December 21, 2012 at 3:31 am #

    Many of the things that this gentlemen may deem to be bad news may be good news to me. For example Assad’s downfall, anti-government protests in Russia and so on. Who will decide what is good or bad news when one football team wins over another one?

    • Andreas Baumann December 21, 2012 at 6:58 am #

      In Eternal Russia, news chooses whether YOU are good!