Views And Reviews

In praise of disagreeable news

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6956.745 (Published 17 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:745
  1. G Dunea

    As I write this 200th Letter from Chicago/Soundings I find the business no easier than it was 20 years ago. Like the archbishop who was successful in this world but unsure about the next, I am constantly assailed by doubts. Is the writing too plain, too pretentious, too long, too smarty, or just plain boring? Am I writing too much about bad deeds and not enough about good ones?

    Of course it should be the other way round. But then don't the newspapers also thrive mostly by reporting disasters and foul deeds? A boy scout taking a blind woman across the street is hardly news, unless perhaps she did not want to …

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