Do we really need to know all the sordid details of someones sex life, the gory details of someones murder / imprisonment or the latest gossip on celebrities affairs?
Does it improve our lives in any way the fact that we are able to read / view the lives of people who have no immediate effect on our own lives or would we be better just not knowing about it?
Three examples, Wayne Rooney, Josef Fritzel and the woman who threw the cat in the bin.
Are we in anyway better off the fact that we know all about these stories day in day out even though they have absolutely nothing to do with us or is it 'promoting', 'advertising' (used in a loose term) and desensitising us to these type of stories making us more acceptable of them?
I can't make my mind up whether I would be better off only having news that directly affects me. Does all the bad news (which is the vast majority of newspapers and news programmes) lead to having a 'downer' on the world?