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Recession or Rosie? President or Paris?

Yes, this is another Heath Ledger post. Sort of.

There's no question that it's sad to hear of someone young and talented dying way too soon. There's no question that a story, an obit, and a tribute to his work are appropriate. And it's natural that his fans will have something to say about this, online and off.

But when is it time, when covering any celebrity, to say "enough is enough" and move on?

Tonight I looked up the definition of "news":

"Newly received or noteworthy information, esp[ecially] about recent or important events."

Let's get real: How many of the attention-grabbing headlines these days match this definition? OK, many of them pass the "newly received" or "recent" test. However, "noteworthy" and "important"? Not so much.

We have celebs who get so much camera time and ink that you don't need their last name: Britney, Jamie Lynn, Lindsay, Anna Nicole, Paris, Nicole, Rosie, O.J., Amy, Jessica, Ashlee, or Jennifer (any of them). And then there are the couples: Brangelina, Bennifer, TomKat.

Meanwhile, we have had smart, qualified Presidential candidates who were unlikely to get coverage even if they gave their stump speech while stripped naked in front of the White House. (No, I take that back -- the "naked" part might draw free media. Nudity stories are always popular.)

We have an administration that eavesdrops illegally on American citizens. ('Cause Grandma might be a terrorist...)

Our economy is tanking (yes, it's a recession!), as anyone knows who sweats out the monthly bills, sees local stores shuttered, has friends declaring bankruptcy and losing their homes, works for years without seeing a raise, postpones needed medical care because finances are too tight, or cringes every time they drive up to the gas pump.

Our military men and women continue to die in Iraq as this senseless war drones on for the sixth year.

Yet we still have to read and watch countless stories about actors and singers hooking up, breaking up, driving drunk, going to rehab, leaving rehab, going to jail, leaving jail, getting pregnant.

Is this really all the American people want to know about? Or is the media badly underestimating us?

Do I really want to know the answer?


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Jan. 26th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
No you probably don't want to know the answer. Unfortunately, it's just like how everyone complains that they don't want to buy a bunch of crap for Christmas but they keep doing it year after year. People SAY they don't care about this nonsense, but they read it and watch it -- as much of it as they can get.

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