Pot, meet kettle.
Whatever the time or setting, "sensationalism is unavoidable in news - because we humans are wired, probably for reasons of natural selection, to be alert to sensations, particularly those involving sex and violence," Stephens said.
Jon Stewart Blasts Sensationalism in the News Media, but is it Really So Bad?
The media lurching towards sensationalism is now more obvious than ever. The good thing is, people don't watch the sensational because they want to embrace it, but see it as a warning to curb their own extreme tendencies, especially in times when irrational thoughts take over, and may lead them to ask, "Is it worth it?"
At least that's my benign, and maybe naive theory. And judging by Western ISIS recruits, may be horribly wrong.