There are certain stories that are covered by the media which have the ability to either make or break lives. The following media stories shook people up and some made their lives simpler.
1. The Recession
When the media announced that the United States of America was suffering from an economic meltdown and that several measures would be taken to combat the problem, people were left speechless all over the world. Certain rules regarding credit cards and credit card companies practically stopped their lives and forced them to look for other options.
2. Michael Jackson’s Death
As far as pop culture is concerned, the media did not cover a bigger story than the death of this music legend. This singer was idolized by people all over the world and when he died, people were not only shocked, they were devastated. Many adults ended their lives because they felt that they had no reason to go on without Michael Jackson. His music changed the industry and his death changed the world.
3. Barack Obama
When Barack Obama won the election, lives were definitely changed across the world. The fact that an African American had been chosen by the people was enough to break large racial barriers and bring people closer.
4. 2009/2010 Eyjafjallajökull Eruptions
The media was quick to cover this event when this Icelandic volcano erupted in late 2009. The media was also quick to cover the air travel disruptions across Europe in 2010. The disruption was due to a volcanic cloud that pushed all over Europe. Many travellers had to find alternative means to getting back home.
5. Same-sex Marriages
Gay marriages or same-sex marriages were legalized in three states. It is now authorized in 5 out of 50 states in the United States, one federal districts and one Indian Tribe. A bill has been passed in India as well.
6. Albertville Technical High School shooting
This shooting in Winnenden Germany left 15 dead as a 17 year old former student went on a rampage. After firing at students and teachers in the school, he fled downtown where he shot two pedestrians, one fatally. After a deadly car chase and killing an automobile salesman and a customer, he was shot by police in a scuffle.
7. President Bush’s Regret
President Bush admitted in 2008 that he regretted waging the war. He was upset that people believed that he was anxious to fight a war which is when he released this statement. He said that the country had been divided because of the war and that troubled him. This made ripples across the world because they felt that the man was human.
8. Faster Internet
The media recently told its users about Grid computing and that it had the ability to increase the rate at which the internet works. This made people realize that technology never stops developing and that they will always be on receiving end of the best of the best.
9. Global Warming
When the media declared that global warming was rampant and that the environment was under serious threat, people all over the world were greatly saddened. However, they got over this grief fast enough and even though media stories are printed every day about the same topic, they do not stop the use of plastic bags or smoking or deodorants.
10. Pepsi and Pesticides
The media declared a few years back the dark colored drinks like Coke and Pepsi are laced with those pesticides that are used to kill insects that thrive in bathrooms. This has greatly damaged the growth rate of these companies.