The news tends to only try to view over controversial and bad topics depicting the world today as an awful place, but statistics show the opposite trend. The reason why we think of the past as being better is due to the news overinflating issues that the past has had as well.
First off if you understand inflation and deflation then you can see the big problem with sports then there is the news airing sports when they could be airing missing people reports then there is all the mindless tv shows that distract people from actually doing anything with there day like learning something new to make there life easyer so they don't have to work like a slave for shit you could do yourself if you actually had learned how to do it
Yes, I believe that the media makes the problems in society worse. In some cases the media seem to blow many things out of proportion which makes things worse then what they would have been. The media in some ways, promote negative actions by continuing to breathe life into to the situation. Some criminals thrive on attention and this is what the media gives them constantly.
This is true if we consider the "media" to be mainstream media, or the media that the majority of people in a society consume. Alternative media can provide healthy critiques and insights, but it also can be flawed in its own bias. People largely do not have time to do proper investigation, and are generally misled. The mainstream media has a significant role to play in keeping the public distracted and misinformed.
The media does make problems in society worse today, because everything is for a profit. There are so many cliff hangers, biases, and fear mongering that it is making people much more cynical than they need to be. Including myself at certain times. There's no more responsibiity in the media.
I believe the media has the opportunity to make society a better place, but the can also make society worse. I believe this is primarily depends on what kind of news coverage is offered. I believe it is important for the media to report on items in a balanced manner where acts of good faith are covered as well, you will see a benefit to society.
America is falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to higher education. The main reason for this is that it costs too much to become educated. In order for this country to rise to higher ranks, we should all absorb the costs of education to make it more affordable and accessible to all citizens. Taxing graduates alone is counterproductive.