The Los Angeles Lakers are going to miss the playoffs! Kobe Bryant’s foot is dangling by a thread! The New York Knicks are title favorites!
If you’re tired of the media turning nothing into something, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, the 24-hour news cycle requires perpetual content creation to function, which has some pretty annoying (not to mention inaccurate) consequences.
If there’s enough volume (both in loudness and quantity), any small story can gain momentum, eventually snowballing into a big one—which makes the original, smaller story seem much larger and more important than it actually is.
It’s still very early in the 2012-13 season, so it’s awfully hard to draw any conclusions at this point. That’s an easy thing to say, but it’s true.
Whether the media is elevating one team to championship heights or digging the grave for another, it’s far too easy for things to be blown out of proportion.
Let’s check out five narratives that are being drastically overblown in the early stages of the 2012-13 season.