Before I get into this post I just wanted to warn you that this post may come off a little judgmental. That’s because it is. Yes I occasionally judge people but when I do I believe I have good reason to. With that lets get to the subject at hand.
If you look to the left panel of this blog there are two headings. The first is blogs I read. These aren’t all the blogs I read (that number is at least 10 times that amount) but these are the blogs that I check out daily without the need of Google reader. The next heading is sites I check for. As you can see one of those is CNN. Yes I check out CNN at least once a day. Mostly in the morning. I like to stay abreast on things that are happening in this country and around the world. With this said after I check CNN I usually peruse different blogs and then I log onto twitter and then occasionally facebook. Twitter is a way of keeping up with current events that are going on. I heard of Michael Jackson’s death through twitter. Who won best rapper of the year? Eff the BET awards. Check twitter. For that, twitter is cool.
Then sometimes I wonder (even outside of social media) if people are conscious of things that matter. By matter I mean issues that don’t have anything to do with sports, entertainment or what’s happening on your block, city or hood. Sure its cool to know that Nicole is pregnant by Will but she’s seeing Dave. At the end of the day in my opinion that shit doesn’t matter.
I see headlines or stories that get sensationalized and talked about for days within my community/school/peer group and I wonder why do you even care. Oh Beyonce has a new video out? Why are we talking about this for 6 days? Do you really give a fuck that much? Then I see headlines that interest me and I take to twitter to discuss and I find I’m having the same discussion with the same people. For instance today I wanted to discuss the importance of New York passing a bill that would legalize same sex marriage. I guess that was a little dry for Saturday conversation. Don’t let me ask my followers how they feel about Drake’s Marvins Room. My @ replies would start moving at the speed of light.
I wonder how many people discussed, pondered and critiqued this:
I mean really? At the end of the day did the man really lie? Even if he did, who the fuck cares? He’s a grossly overpaid athlete who will make more money than almost anyone who critiques him can dream of. But at the end of the day the importance of it doesn’t even register on my scale. Now on the other hand how many people were upset about this man making these comments.
Pat Robertson basically is spewing folklore like he’s an authority on Haitian and French history. All the while giving religion in general a bad name.
Do me a favor. Stop reading. Go ask the nearest 5 people do they know what’s going on in Syria right now. Come back to the comments section and tell me how many out that 5 knew. I’ll wait. Now go ask another 5 people how many nominations Nicki Minaj has for the BET Awards. I’ll wait again. Maybe its me but I’d rather watch coverage of the Casey Anthony trial (capital murder trials intrigue me) than the second round of a weak NBA draft.
I got up on another soap box and now I’m stepping down again. Perhaps I’m the only one this bothers but I thought I’d share my thoughts on how our country and mainly our culture sensationalizes a lot of bullshit while putting real issues on the back burner or even worse, they are ignorant to them.