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.

Has Our Society Lost The Plot?

23 thoughts on “Has Our Society Lost The Plot?

  • 17/12/2011 at 1:44 am

    Well this is all about the news, manipulation of the masses and dumbing down with celebrity news and all that crap and how inane it all is. And I agree it is utter B…llocks.
    People have long forgotten how to live in the moment and stop wishing for a better future and feeding off stuff that stimulates them, always looking for the next thing, wanting more all the time like there is never enough. It is time for humans to get real and by that I mean time for them to remember HOW to live, by loving one another, appreciate what they have, do kind things for people, stop thinking only about themselves and how ‘they will survive’ and stop complaining about what they don’t have and appreciate this beautiful place we have been given to live in. We are all stuck on this planet, which is just a huge rock spinning in space and we live out our whole lives on it in this kind of dream seeing everything from our own perspective with us at the center and then we end up fighting those who don’t see things our way or threaten our sense of ourselves as though what we are (or think we are) will go on forever. When will it all be enough, when will we stop wanting to own and hold onto stuff that we will never be able to keep? I think that is why this financial collapse is happening now, the madness has gone too far. it is time human kind became kind, and remembered about the ‘being’ part of being human.

  • 17/12/2011 at 2:36 am

    Well let’s take a look at those points you made.

    If the media didn’t keep reporting about the banking crisis – there probably wouldn’t be one. Of course that would mean bankers could get away with more though.
    The threat of terrorism doesn’t quite mean the same once you understand that in the US you have a greater chance of being killed by legal execution than by a terrorist.

    Natural disasters will always be with us and like ghouls we are drawn to them, perhaps in relief that they didn’t affect us this time. No matter how many there are there will always be quiet times. It’s just unfortunate that the media does not see these as an opportunity to re-visit the area and dwell on relief work and rebuilding.

    War? I wonder how much the media is to blame for many of these? If no credence was given to politician’s rants would they find it so easy to wage war?

    Famine needs to be reported. By making the world aware of it, the media helps feed those in need. Again it’s a shame they don’t take the opportunity to report on the successes though.

    As to the reporting on celebrities, mishaps of politicians and sporting events, most of this drivel is too boring to read about.

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