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12th Dec '17 1:44:49 PM Amahn
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* This is basically the central moral and title inspiration for [[Creator/MichaelCrichton Michael Crichton's]] ''Literature/StateOfFear''. Around the midpoint, the novel's talking head character goes on about how prior to the 80s words like epidemic and crisis never appeared in news media, but as the ColdWar was winding down the government needed a new thing to control the population through a constant [[TitleDrop state of fear]]. Enter the media to focus on everything negative and spin it into the latest imminent threat.
10th Nov '17 9:29:18 PM Landmark520
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** While the maiden voyage of the ''RMSTitanic'' gained some fanfare, it wasn't anything more significant than any other maiden voyage of a large ocean liner. The White Star Line already had a near-identical ship already in service and a third sister ship was in the works. While the ''Titanic'' was a modern marvel for her time, she would not have become as much of a cultural icon if it wasn't for the devastating wreck that claimed roughly 1,500 lives.
10th Nov '17 9:19:26 PM Landmark520
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* In the ''KingOfTheHill'' episode "Gone With the Windstorm", Nancy's news agency seemed more interested in broadcasting her near-death experience covering a forest fire than showing any concern for her well-being. When they find out their news van was on fire, an technician at the station was begging for the camera to show the burning van. When it is seem exploding on camera, the crew cheers.
10th Nov '17 5:27:40 PM thatmadork
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* In ''VideoGame/WeBecomeWhatWeBehold'', a short flash DeconstructionGame that satirises social media and clickbait, you play as a media mogul who takes pictures of a crowd walking around. It starts with taking pictures of people in hats and cute couples, but then this stuff stops being "newsworthy". So you take a picture of a squarehead with a mental illness yelling at a circlehead, then distrust being sown between the two groups, then [[FantasticRacism outright hostility]]. [[DownerEnding And then things get]] ''[[DownerEnding really]]'' [[DownerEnding nasty]].
2nd Oct '17 8:13:25 PM JMQwilleran
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* Purposely averted by the news station seen in ''Film/ScaryMovie 3''. Despite the reporter Cindy Campbell urging them to cover the story of the killer videotape in which viewers are brutally murdered by a scary woman seven days after watching it, the station is only interested in covering fluff stories and stuff like breast implants. Then, once they finally become convinced of the tape's existence, they choose to ''play'' it.
22nd Sep '17 7:49:27 PM WithFlowers
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* ''Film/NorthFace'' offers a fairly stark take on it from a reporter: "You either need a glorious triumph or a horrible tragedy. An unspectacular retreat [from the mountain the main characters are trying to climb] is nothing more than a few lines on page 3." (The movie is a KillEmAll, so [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor he gets his horrible tragedy]].)
24th Aug '17 8:35:59 PM FuzzyBoots
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* In ''Film/{{Indigenous}}'', the news chopper locates one of the survivors, Elena, but doesn't land because they're milking the exclusive footage. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the chupacabra catch up to Elena]]. The live footage is part of what breaks the masquerade.
15th Aug '17 9:14:19 AM LaptopGuy
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* Often a violent attack or death at an event in an can have serious consequences as to whether . For example:
** ''Our American Cousin'', an obscure 19th century play that is only remembered because of the Lincoln assassination.
** John F. Kennedy's ill-fated trip to Dallas certainly would have no historical significance had he not been assassinated there.
** The 2013 Boston Marathon was supposed to be just another Boston Marathon...except that terrorist bombings exploded there.
** The Dallas police shooting was just one of many Black Lives Matter rallies.
** The 2017 Unite the Right rally did get attention because of the presence of white supremacists and several violent clashes there. It was one single action there, a white supremacist killing over a counter-protester with a car, that ultimately made the difference between a one-day-wonder and one of the biggest news stories of the year.
10th Aug '17 1:46:30 PM ironballs16
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* ''Literature/GoneGirl'' is a {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion of this trope. Nick's life is destroyed when the media declares that he's responsible for his wife Amy's disappearance, [[spoiler:even though he didn't do it. Amy was keenly exploiting this trope in order to ruin Nick's life.]]

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* ''Literature/GoneGirl'' is a {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion of this trope. Nick's life is destroyed when [[ConvictedByPublicOpinion the media declares that he's responsible responsible]] for his wife Amy's disappearance, [[spoiler:even though he didn't do it. Amy was keenly exploiting this trope in order to ruin Nick's life.]]
10th Aug '17 1:44:29 PM ironballs16
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* [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Show of hands]] - how many Tropers, when reading the Real Life section, ''[[JustifiedTrope looked up]]'' the case via Website/{{Google}} or Wiki/ThatOtherWiki?

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* [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Show of hands]] - how many Tropers, when reading the Real Life section, ''[[JustifiedTrope looked up]]'' the case via Website/{{Google}} or Wiki/ThatOtherWiki?Wiki/ThatOtherWiki? Whether it's genuine curiosity or BileFascination, this trope ''is'' TruthInTelevision.
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