Not just cute puppies

The other day, some students and I were talking about news programs and how the morning news shows often have “cute puppy segments” where we see animals doing adorable things. (Here’s one with a very spoiled cat. Here’s one with a parrot and a cat. And click on the image below to see a cat doing sit-ups.)Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 8.07.07 AM

Students said they thought this was because people want to be happy when they leave for work.

I was reminded of this conversation when I saw this Kickstarter project (you can find a transcript of the video on Upworthy).

The idea is to make a news program / documentary that focuses not on the bad news we see and hear every day on typical news programs, but the good things (but not cute puppies). Their goals are to “inspire, build empathy and initiate positive change”.




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