Sunday, February 7, 2010

All the good news that's fit to print

So my brother sent me yet another example of niche journalism: Positive News, which has good news only. It's like the Onion—on Prozac. Witness these headlines: "Peaceful Nation [New Zealand] Leads the Way," "What Does Love Mean?" "Victory of the Common Spaces," "The Theory of Fun Works!" "Hospital Workers Support Each Other," "Change Is Possible Among Inmates," and so forth. Consider the logo: "Another World is Possible" (note lowercase "is," which subtly undermines the optimism). Somehow, I found it depressing rather than uplifting.

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