As the Ebola death toll nears 4,900, media all over the world feed their viewers and readers another huge spoonful of the news, news that makes them choke on fear.
Since this spring, Ebola has been ravaging the West African coast. For the families and people who have been victims of the virus, it is a tragic struggle. For the media, however, it’s simply a profitable and easy way to fill up shelves. CNN, BBC, New York Times, NBC, you name it, every news outlet is profiting in some way from the Ebola epidemic.
Each channel and newspaper features not only coverage of the victims, but also daily updates on each of the contaminated regions, news of vaccines and possible medications, as well as reports about the safety precautions. In addition, all other major headline news stories have been in some way linked to Ebola.
Here is a spin on all the news that the media moguls might find terrorizing: it is not that important. Ebola is over-emphasized, over-broadcasted, and a result of these two, over-feared. Considering Ebola is affecting around 10,000 people at the present time, this is only 0.0000014% of all world population. In contrast, cancer has caused 162,000 deaths in the UK, and that’s only in 2012. There are also AIDS and HIV, which have caused 1.6 million deaths all over the globe in 2012. Of course, not all news needs to be about deadly viruses, there are always the new heights that our modern science has conquered to talk about, politics, and human rights. It is quite obvious that our world has some bigger issues which are not being covered due to the exploitation of Ebola.
Ebola is simply too much of a moneymaker to be let off the hook so easily. Based on previous cases, it’s a safe bet that the media is going to cover this topic even after it will be absolutely worn out. It’s like that sweater you always wear despite the holes, rips and stains; the only person who gets the satisfaction from it is you. I say throw it out. Or at least stop wearing it so often, and in the case of the media’s “Ebola” obsession: tone it down.
“But these are very important news,” many may exclaim at the sight of my suggestion. News? Yes. Important? Not so much. Shedding light on what is terribly wrong in third world countries is what’s important. Letting people know about more dangerous fates that await them from smoking, drinking, and heart disease is what’s important. Why don’t we talk about malaria? Because malaria doesn’t sell. Malaria doesn’t strike many people with fear and paranoia. Ebola, on the other hand, is quite interesting as an audience attractor factor. Spreading fear for the sake of making more billions is what media feeds off. It is like a parasite that cannot just let the victim (in this case Ebola) be. Media sucks all the profit it can out of the Ebola situation, and then simply moves on to fresher sources of fear for the public, who in turn consume fear like Americans eat McDonalds.

About The Author

Sofiya Pavlova

Sofia is the Editor-in-Chief of KSN, as well as a dedicated reporter. She believes in voicing opinions and standing up for what you believe in, which is why she dedicates herself to revealing the truth and discussing issues that matter.

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  • Deidree Dino

    Good article about a fine example of media fear-mongering.

  • Ethan Galamboi

    “Like Americans eat McDonalds.” Why put this in your article, its unnecessary.

    • Sofia Pavlova

      This is a literary device that was used to help the reader better understand the grand scheme of things, and what better way to do so than an analogy to something commonly known. Thank you for your feedback anyways, it’s great hearing from the readers, even if they don’t like my American analogies.

    • Ethan Galamboi

      An “Analogy to something known” doesn’t have to be racist.