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Forbes Column 08: Stop The Fear Epidemic

Posted on Saturday, Dec 6th 2008

This week’s Zero In addresses the media’s role in creating a culture of fear that many feel is developing partly as a result of the rapid spread of negative stories and commentary. The column urges everyone from the most established editors to the newest bloggers to use the reach and power of digital media to cover stories of collaboration and responsible leadership. Read Stop The Fear Epidemic on Forbes.

The effects of this culture of fear are far-reaching: it inhibits trust, stifles creativity and impedes the growth of entrepreneurship. While the media has a responsibility to report on world events as they occur, it can use its influence to help create a culture of hope.

This segment is a part in the series : Forbes Column 08

. Connecting With Your Intimate Bot
. The Gap in Google's Defenses
. A Recession-Proof Corner of the Tech Sector
. eBay's Bounce-Back Opportunity
. How To Dig Out Yahoo's Treasures
. The Microsoft-Yahoo! Battle Plan
. What Microsoft Should Do While Yahoo! Dithers
. The Next VMWare
. The Smartest Unknown Indian Entrepreneur
. The Coming Death of Indian Outsourcing
. India - Cash Rich, Product Poor
. How to Save the World's Back Office
. Latin America's eCommerce Leader
. The Next Indo-China War
. The Real VCs of Silicon Valley
. Fund Envy
. Bootstrap Yourself
. The Coming Convergence
. Lighting The Way In India
. Hydro-Alchemy
. How Amazon Could Change Publishing
. A Technological Fix For Education
. How Technology Can Save Retailers
. Mobile Microfinance
. How To Heat Up Solar
. How Chip Toolmakers Can Survive
. Kill The Business Trip
. Water Firm Enlivens IPO Market
. Web-Savvy Authors Reap Fame, Fortune
. Peeking Inside the iPhone
. Bootstrapping, Montana Style
. Entrepreneurs Flock To Online Travel
. Silicon Lazarus
. Carts Ahead Of Horses
. Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction
. Barack Obama' s Finance Lesson
. Stimulus Package For Entrepreneurs
. Building A Smarter Corporation
. Deconstructing The Cloud
. 'SaaS-ing' Back At The Economy
. Web 3.0
. My Adventure With Amazon
. An S.O.S. To Silicon Valley
. OLPC’s Last Billion
. Capitalism Revisited
. Bargains For Private Equity
. President Obama
. Perilous Protectionism
. Healing Health Care
. Stop The Fear Epidemic
. Obama
. 'Edutainment' Needs Entrepreneurs

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“Hope” is not going to solve our economic mess. Looking at the hard facts is a must, no matter what they look like. I do agree that fear is a contagion, and I do think that it is a potential problem, but ignoring the facts is not the solution.

Tim Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 7:04 PM PT

And who said anything about not looking at the hard facts?

Sramana Mitra Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 11:26 PM PT

An inspiring need. And I do second all you have to say about Sequoia story…my Google reader started looking like doomsday on that particular day and I felt the urge to blog on it myself!

Sayan Monday, December 8, 2008 at 1:37 PM PT