People Need to Use Media More Wisely
Americans are too obsessed with useless media
Published: Monday, February 3, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 09:02
Media and technology are gigantic steam engines for gossip, hate, misinformation, helpful hints and how to really look when you leave your abode. People respond to anything and everything they lay their eyes on, and it’s incredibly discouraging how gullible and manipulated we have become.
The latest in the media hype has been Justin Bieber getting arrested for God knows what, “Duck Dynasty” opinions and Miley Cyrus acting indecent. All I can ask myself is, “Why does it even matter?” and why isn’t media used for more useful things?
Call me a dirty hippie all you want, but main issues in daily media like oil spills, riots, wars, revolutions and so many more important issues have been willingly put to the wayside for other stupid “hot stories you won’t believe.” We are forced, or are influenced to pay more attention to other peoples’ lives and situations when we have our own to take care of and other more crucial matters to deal with. I really don’t think people even pay attention to what’s really happening.
The Kardashians, Bieber, Cyrus, “Teen Mom” and “Duck Dynasty” amongst many others keep the media wheel rolling obviously, but why does it matter to America so much that we thrive off of it?
Personally, I think it’s because people are too lazy to go out and find real things to worry about or real things to actually talk about, instead of gossip about. Who gives a crap about “Duck Dynasty”? Big deal, the guy said something offensive on television. Television shows are so insanely scripted yet society feeds into it like its actual real-life television, and it goes on for weeks.
Are people’s lives really that boring that they need to turn on or read some form of media to get a kick out of someone else’s suffering, storyline, divorce or just to see their name? As much as celebrities annoy the daylights out of me, they’re people just like you and me who happen to have landed an insane career path. I would obviously freak out if I saw my favorite musician at The Wellness Center and probably want a photo with them. I would love to shake their hand and talk to them other than just post a photo of their behind.
Give it up and learn something actually useful or enlighten yourselves with something worth your while. Like the risk of bees becoming extinct, which will then deplete the majority of our food sources. Or maybe the recent oil spills that happen all around the world, the genocide that happens every day, or our current “government” plans. Check out how to create or do something via YouTube.
We have all these media outlets around us that we use for useless things, especially when it comes to invading other peoples’ lives and situations. Enrich your life and others with resourceful information, and share it with someone after asking them politely to put his or her phone away for a few minutes. Why waste your time talking about people you don’t even know when you can use your time getting to know the real issues in the world, or the real people in front of you.