Saturday, August 11, 2007
What's Wrong with This Lineup?
Is anyone else terribly disturbed by this lineup of headlines? I mean, is the Mom and Pop Lohan divorce really on par with Endeavour's abdominal gash news-wise?
Now, I grant you, the meteor shower peak is technically not life-threatening or some other earth-shaking news either. However, it is really interesting to me and I probably wouldn't have just scheduled to drag everyone out of bed at 5:30 Monday morning if it hadn't been on the front page of the headlines. It's an opportunity on a secular level to study and observe Earth science, and an invitation to wonder at the miraculous creativity of God on a spiritual one.
On the other hand, what benefit is it to humanity - even one person - to learn that the Lohans are almost done getting divorced? I suppose you could say it's good news and a relief for the soon-to-be-no-more Mr. and Mrs. Lohan and possibly Lindsay, but I'm pretty sure they don't need Yahoo to tell them what's going on in their twisted little family dynamic. If they do, someone over at Yahoo needs to post this advice: seek help immediately, and focus on learning some communication skills!
As for society as a whole out here in cyberland, I think a serious reconsideration of what is truly newsworthy in our world of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons; ongoing wars that people have trouble justifying; and governments the world over that regularly strip people of their basic human dignity. When was the last time you saw a headline on any mainstream site about the horrendous treatment of the African refugees in Italy? What about all the dangers inherent in so many of today's new prescription drugs that drug companies and lobbyists cover up? How about some good, old-fashioned, real news, Yahoo (and any other outlet responsible for informing the world at large)?