Cheaters, crazy celebrities, steroids in sports, just a few of the weird media tangents that readily come to mind. What is with the shiny objects Civil Citizens? How does the landslide get started and how do the editors make these decisions about which shiny object to follow?
In an important campaign year, with so many HUGE, real-world, grown-up subjects that are vital to the public discussion the media decides to take a week to tell us all about Anthony Weiner and his tawdry Twitter exploits. What really is strange about this entire process Citizens is that the media, especially the 24 hour cable news channels seem to have this schizophrenia about the entire situation. The commentators are commenting about how the situation is being blown up by the media, as if they are not the media blowing up the story! What is that about?
The discussion today is not about judgements of morality. The question being asked today is of the people in the news over the past few months, how much of their exploits is worthy of a week or more of non-stop coverage? The answer will always come down to ratings and so the responsibility and blame does not rest solely on the editors themselves. The public must ask itself is this really what we are willing to accept as news?
There has been a spinach vs. cotton candy discussion before on this blog. This is another instance of that issue. Sure cotton candy news is more interesting in some ways. There are many people who are very into the gossip scene. For proof of that just look at the reality TV craze. However, that type of information if it arguably is needed at all should be moved to the reality TV news. It’s not the type of information that need be shared on stations that deem themselves to be hard news channels.
It is a crime that with so much available time for news, so little of it is actually covered. Why do media consumers need to do so much work to uncover the truth about actual stories that effect them? Like bills being voted on in the State Legislatures for example, or about the discussions being had about job creation which is so vital to the national interest today. These topics are so much more worthwhile than the family problems of the Weiner family or Palin’s flubbed up history lesson or emails for goodness sake.
We as a population need to demand better information. We need to be grown-ups. It is part of the responsibility of having the privilege to vote, a privileged that so many around the globe are currently suffering and dying to have-literally. As we have that privilege so goes with it the responsibility to be well-informed in order to make the best decisions possible for our communities and our nation.