Progress has become “normal” and “normal” isn’t newsworthy! It’s hard to get excited about a steady decline in poverty when there is a much catchier story out there.
The web is based on an attention economy. Every single click we make is being counted by someone. It’s a pretty simple system: whatever we click on, we get more of. Good or bad, it makes no difference. A click is a vote that says, “Yes, please. Definitely give me more of this!”
If we click on web content that has roots in fear or anger— even if it is just out of curiosity or boredom — then we will get more of that. But the reverse is true too! If we share and click on positive news about progress and people making the world a better place for everyone we will get more of it!