As is my habit each morning, I click on Google News and catch up with a brief outline of the top stories around the world. When I did this morning, I finally came to the conclusion that as a society, we have plummeted to the depths of despair, if not outright stupidity.
One would expect the top news stories to be about the economic crisis that is killing off people’s ability to work and feed their children, or major natural disasters that claim so many lives, or wars and the constant threat of terrorism or even stories about our political leaders and the trouble they are getting themselves into. Perhaps even a climactic sporting event or the sad passing of a person of fame.
But no. Not today. While the world suffers famine, war, economic collapse and political upheaval, the top story on Google News today was …… wait for it….. Dancing With The Stars. A bloody reality TV program. Well, sorry about my use of an expletive there, but this really turned my stomach because it shows how pathetic we have become as a society. Reality TV is mindless, crass and was created by television producers because it is cheap to make. One episode of the Addams Family had more class, more art, more creativity and more reality that any of the gutter offerings of reality TV.
To have this classed as news in any other form other than at the very bottom of the entertainment and celebrity blooper section of a trashy rag shows how little our society knows, or perhaps wants to know about events that affect our lives and the lives of others. Have we stooped so low as a society, that the most important issue in the whole world today will be who is in Dancing With The Stars this year and what colour dress a bimbo is going to wear?
But even worse, look at the ‘Top Stories’ in the attached image of today’s Google News. Tennis players, footballers, and lo and behold, there is a mention of a hurricane that threatened the lives of people along the East coast of the US. But as it is only threatening Canadians today, who really cares now?
Oh how pathetic we have become.