The death of “news”

A screencap of a typical CNN broadcast, featuring Justin Bieber in court

Some time last year, the building where I work was kind enough to install ceiling-hung LCD TVs in the lobby next to the elevators, so that while you were waiting for the elevator, you could catch up on 20 seconds of news.

I don’t have a TV, nor do I follow American media. Most days, I take a look at BBC News (the most impartial and far-reaching news organisation I know of) to get a feel for what’s going on in the world, and back home. As such, I am not really exposed to the American media except when I happen to be in an airport, or doctor’s office where they are showing CNN or Fox News.

These new TVs in my building have exposed me on a daily basis to what most Americans wake up to and form their views from on the world at large.

Which is quite scary.

I am, without exaggerating, saddened by the state of American media. This morning’s discussion tipped me over the edge: the figureheads of news and information were analysing how Justin Bieber was being mean to his lawyers, and whether he was on a prescription for Xanax.

Who gives a flying fuck?

I mean seriously, America. These are your national news networks discussing a spoiled, Canadian, hyped-up brat, when there are far more important things going on in the world, like planes mysteriously disappearing in mid-air, and humanitarian and political crises in numerous places, such as Ukraine, Syria and Venezuela to name but a few. Do you not ever turn on the TV and think “Seriously, what is this, why am I watching it and why do I give a crap?”?

Stop drinking the Kool-Aid. Wake up and smell the coffee. Be your own person, form your own views, and stop caring about meaningless drivel that the media are feeding you.

By Dave

Dave is the proud father of Ellie and Jack. There's nothing that makes him happier than spending time with his incredible wife and their amazing children. He's a civil/mechanical engineer and he also builds and maintains WordPress websites.

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