My Positive Post of the Day

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THE EFFECTS OF TODAY'S MEDIA

Effects of Today's Media

In light of my last blog, I am sharing my positive thoughts of the day :-) 

Today is the first day that I can officially call myself a 'former news reporter'.  It is a decision one year in the making.  

After having one foot in the world of news and one foot in the world of real estate, I painstakingly realized...that doesn't work.  Why?  Because the real estate industry is not as bad as the media is portraying.  I could no longer be a part of the problem and have decided to be an active part of the solution.  This is the most empowered I have felt in years!  

Remember, words have power.  I didn't realize that for more than a decade I was using my words for the lesser good.  Not anymore.  There will be no more instilling fear for the sake of ratings or for the approval of management.  It is toxic and it is wrong.  

What I want each and every person out there to know is that there is a very soft filter on the news you see everyday.  From local to national, you are always at the mercy of the person who wrote the story.  Whether it is intentional or not, opinion and biases will come into play.  Please use your own filter when informing yourself of the day's events.

Here's a neat experiment I tried earlier this month.  I decided not to watch the news AT ALL for one week.  Crazy, yes...especially for a journalist.  However, it proves the point I am about to make.  I continued with my work with ReelDwellings.TV, the production company I own.  The phone was ringing from real estate agents anxious to get on board the video band wagon.  I kept thinking, the economy must be doing better because I am witnessing consumer confidence and progressive thinking from my clients (mainly ALL real estate professionals).  Then, after a week, I turned the news back on.  To my surprise, I heard about how horrible the economy was, how real estate agents are dropping like flies and how a recession is inevitable!  I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone!  What's worse was I started to worry about my business and if all of the contacts I had made were all for not.  Isn't that nuts???!  Just because someone fed me negative information I immediately applied it to my life and it had immediate effects on my mood and actions.  Fortunately, I snapped out of it quickly.  

The whole point of this post is to reiterate my last blog.  It appears I struck a nerve with many Active Rainers thirsty for positive thought and talk.  Make it happen...speak the positive, mute the negative.  I am in no means suggesting that you stick your head in the sand.  Knowledge is power.  Take what you know and then use it to your benefit.  Opportunity is among us.  Rise above and make it happen! 

 

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Marcy Moyer
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Love the picture!

Marcy Moyer Keller Williams Real Estate Palo Alto Ca.

Dec 01, 2008 03:12 PM #1
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Dinah Lee Griffey
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Great post. I do not think ytou could have found a better picture-Dinah Lee

Dec 01, 2008 04:33 PM #2
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Robert May
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Congratulations Tara, I wish you much success with your business.

Dec 01, 2008 05:03 PM #3
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Katerina Gasset
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Tara- I have not watched our local or national news for 3 years now and it has made all the difference in my life. SO did watching The Secret instead. I stopped watching R rated movies filled with violence and don't play those awful video games. Garbage in, Garbage out. I am very politial so I keep up with what is going on in politics 2 times a week, OReilly or Gretta or Hannity, but only once or twice a week. I can always read anything online that I need to know about. Katerina

Dec 01, 2008 05:21 PM #4
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Susie Blackmon
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Being naturally optimistic, I have no problem being positive. However, I do believe in keeping it real. If we could all put it 'out there' and it would come back to us, I'd be sitting on a horse farm with a wonderful cowboy!

Dec 01, 2008 07:01 PM #5
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Tara Jones- Atlanta
Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video - Dacula, GA
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Susie- You crack me up!  I would live in a mall and have a credit card with no limit!!  

Seriously, though...I do believe that forward thinking opens up many doors in your life...some that you don't even realize.  That's part of the fun...your "gifts" can show up anywhere in your life and can come in any form!  You don't know exactly what results you will get but you will be rewarded none the less :-) 

Dec 02, 2008 01:05 AM #6
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Tara Jones- Atlanta
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Marcy and Dinah- I LOVE this picture!  It makes me chuckle every time I see it :-)

Robert- Thank you so much...I am exited to have control of my life (after 10 plus years of news) and am ready to move forward with affirmation and a smile! 

Katerina- You are a smart person.  I, too, get my information mainly from the internet.  I stay well informed on the local and national news but I don't allow someone to spoon feed it to me and take it as gospel.  Especially when what I'm experiencing in life is the exact opposite!  ;-)  

Dec 02, 2008 01:16 AM #7
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Lane Bailey
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I actually have the task of defending the media...  Not by assignment, but because I believe in balance.  I think that they are doing what they think needs to be done... and in a weird sort of way, it is what needs to happen. 

Not internalizing it is the key.  Interpreting it helps, too...  But I don't think I could be a reporter and not think I was hitting it on the head every day.  I can watch and know that I am looking through a lens. 

It's like Boston Legal... loved the show (until the last few weeks) and I know that it is so slanted to the left that the cast is sliding off the side of the show... but it is entertaining.  Every once in a while I have to yell at the TV because they are wrong... but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy it for what it is. 

Same holds for the news and financial programming. 

And welcome to the Dark Side, Tara...  Glad to have you with us.  But you knew that...

Dec 02, 2008 01:35 PM #9
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Lane- I believe this world would be a very scary place without the media.  Government in general, those in elected office or holding high power positions need a watch dog and the media is often that animal.  It's nice to know that we have "active investigators" working to expose corruption and wrong-doings because when they do, the ratings will go through the roof!  Regardless of their intentions, it's still a win-win for most.

The part of the media that I am currently 'bashing' is the band wagon of doom telling us that the sky is falling.  I looked out my window today and witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets I've seen in years :-)  

Unfortunately, what happens in most morning meetings around the country in the newsrooms is the following:

Manager- "So what does everyone have today for a story?"

Reporters- "Not much going on."

Manager- "Then I guess we'll lead with the economy again."

Anchor intro for the 6PM newscast: "One of the worst days in recent memory for local retailers...what this means to you and your family this holiday season!" 

If there was something more "news-worthy" that day you never would have heard about the suffering retailers...or at least, they would have been further down in the show and presented with much less zest ;-)

Dec 03, 2008 12:27 PM #10
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Lane Bailey
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And then there is the old "If it bleeds, it leads" mantra...  There are a LOT of stories on the news at all levels that are just moronic.  After all, should it be national news that a house is burning 1500 miles away?  Is it even local news that someone was shot on the other side of Atlanta? 

Is it really as important as it seems on the news? 

Do we need a live remore truck to tell us that passengers are backed up in security at the airport... all day?  Live at 6:00 and 11:00?  Do we need to go live to the scene of a shooting yesterday?  The tape is gone, and the investigators have packed up long ago. 

I can see the weather guys standing in the hurricane... but Anderson Cooper standing in a drainage ditch in Texas wearing waders two days after the hurricane is stupid... 

The bummer part (take this as a compliment) is that the voice of sanity left the newsroom.  That was you...  But, the flip is that you are going to help make agents THAT much better.

Dec 03, 2008 02:10 PM #11
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Tara Jones- Atlanta
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Lane-  Everything you just mentioned is exactly right.  There is NO need to harp on old news or create news just because there are amazing pictures of flames or because someone used a firearm. The litmus test for determining news is vastly different from decades back when "journalism" was firmly in tact. Why?  Look at what we're doing. We're on the internet just like millions and millions of others.  Television stations can't compete for the viewership but they are pulling out all the stops trying.  

Here's the good and the bad news.  There are plenty of other "sane" people left in the newsroom.  Most have their exit plans in place as well. 

Dec 03, 2008 11:13 PM #12
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Debi Ernst
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Tara - I love this photo!  She's adorable...  :)  Thanks for sharing your great "positive" story - It's very encouraging!  :)

Dec 06, 2008 02:26 PM #13
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Tara Jones- Atlanta
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Thanks, Debi!  :-) 

Dec 06, 2008 11:16 PM #14
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