FFfAW: The Controlling News Cycle

Credit: Phylor

It started simply enough. At 9 p.m. daily, the entire family, having finished a modest meal, would sit in front of their TV sets and listen to the prudent host of the only current affairs show on television.

Then, it all exploded out of control, the ubiquitous 24-hour news cycle taking over our lives and minds. Were they simply catering to the viewers, or were the viewers the ones being conditioned?

What was true however, was how quickly the biggest, most extraordinary ‘Breaking News’ fizzled out, as rapidly as it swept us off our feet.

And so lies the statue, which had once, not too long ago, been the focus of the entire nation and world. The brave girl with the angelic face, forever in our midst to be remembered and admired, now lay crippled and forgotten.

For Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers


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14 Responses to FFfAW: The Controlling News Cycle

  1. Forgive me, but does the broken statue stand for the Breaking News Channel that fizzeled out? I don’t understand.

  2. I reread this and think I understand it more. The statue of the girl was a big news story but once it was no longer news she was completely forgotten – as if it never existed. I hope I have it right and it is a great story!

  3. mandibelle16 says:

    Very sad S. This girl whoever she was, was very important fot a while. But now her statue shows how quickly news channels move through news. 15 minutes of fame right? Even in death. Now forgotten, no longer of value.

    • swritings says:

      Exactly! Perfectly interpreted! It’s a game of ratings. They promote certain stories which can be completely ignored later on. Thanks for your comment! ☺

  4. I like this, though I was a little confused at first. I love the message of how this statue represents how quickly we forget things.

  5. Fame is something so fleeting.

  6. magarisa says:

    This story clearly expresses how fickle the media – and in turn, the public – is. Good one!

  7. …that’s the news for you. Media is very fickle. Running to the next big thing sometimes, I think they just pray for bad news.

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