I’ll admit I like a quirky or interesting story as much as the next person. Today, I was reading a Huffington Post article about a woman who had her gym membership revoked after breaking the “no cell phones” rule one too many times. I’ll even admit I commented, or rather, replied to a few comments. I just really can’t stand it when people think it’s okay to annoy and inconvenience others around them with their cell habits (or any habits) just because it’s convenient for them.
But then I realized…this is not news. As one person succinctly summed up in the comments, So what. Go to another gym. Why is this news? I mean, the article was just reporting, not an editorial. It wasn’t written from a specific standpoint, like an admonishment to not be a dick while on your cell phone, and the subject is not exactly something that raises awareness in others. The lady broke the rules, she got kicked out. No injustice there. End of story.
And then I thought back to some recent discussions hubby and I had about the same thing. Featured television news stories on Kate Middleton’s “baby bump,” while a tiny ticker tape at the bottom of the screen noted people killed overseas and accidents and whatnot…you know…relevant news.
It’s pretty disgusting actually. I know most don’t want to see bad news and horror and death all the time for a while. I stopped logging in to my AOL mail for a while because literally every day, it seemed like there was a new case of child abuse or family annihilation in the news. But that doesn’t mean our “happy” news pieces have to be a fluff and no substance.
As much darkness as there is in the world, there is also great people doing kind things, and plenty of “feel good” stuff that merits more recognition than Kim Kardashian getting fat or Kate Middletons “baby belly.”
The sad thing is, most of the time, you actually have to dig for these types of stories, whereas all the daily bullshit of stupid people is readily available as soon as you open any search engine home page (ex),whether you want to see it or not.
And a lot of us are reading this shit. I do it sometimes too… Please give me something better to read…or at the very least, confine the gossipy, Hollywood bullshit to just a small headline or a tiny ticker tape at the bottom of the TV screen. Americans need to readjust their priorities and perspectives, and maybe some of them need a little help seeing what is really important.
And as usual, my girl over at B(itch) Log is on the same wavelength: http://heatherchristenaschmidt.com/2013/03/04/can-i-have-your-autograph/