We're left emotionally drained by the caustic rhetoric fed to us by the media and this is exactly what this artist hopes to combat.
With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and pretty much every media outlet bombarding you with news that makes you lose faith in humanity daily, it is easy to feel as though the planet we inhabit is a bleak and desolate place. Unless one was to hide away in an uninhabited remote island for all eternity, it is impossible not to hear about the countless sexual assault incidents that make our stomachs drop, gruesome murders that make us want to hide our loved ones in secret bunkers, inhumane government administrations that separate little children from their parents, the blatant abuse of Mother Earth, horrors of war, poverty, racism, child abuse, so on and so forth.
However, even in these seemingly dark and hopeless times, there are those who are constantly working towards doing some good in the world in whichever way they can. Unfortunately, such news rarely gets the attention that negative stories do. We're left emotionally drained by the caustic rhetoric fed to us by the media and this is exactly what artist Mauro Gatti hopes to combat this with his project The Happy Broadcast. Illustrating the good things that have happened this year, Gatti and his friends have been spreading some cheer and hope into the world through this heartwarming project.
Explaining his motivation behind The Happy Broadcast, Gatti wrote, "I’m honestly fed up with all the bad news everywhere. I am not a journalist or an influencer, but I want to use my art to spread some positivity. I want to create something positive as an anti-venom to the vitriolic rhetoric that pervades our media. That’s why I illustrate and share positive news from around the world in the hope that it brings you some happiness and inspires you to spread some good news yourself!"
From South Korea organizing daytime disco parties for the elderly, to help tackle dementia and loneliness to Bhutan becoming the world's only carbon-negative country, The Happy Broadcast shares all kinds of positive news with social media users. It's both informative and hope-inducing and a much-needed break from the negative media diet we're all on. Check out some more of Gatti and his friends' illustrations here: