Growing up you believe the world is meant to be the way it is. The older I get the more I realise that this is not the case. The world is full of injustices and atrocities that governments and the voice of faith expect us to accept, though with each passing year they grow fewer and fewer, at least one would hope. I have created this blog as a space for me to rant about all things science, politics, philosophy and religion, before it’s too late and the vessel of new atheism propelled by a growing surge in secularism solves all of the world’s problems for good.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Too Much Media Junk...

Is anyone else getting fed up with the amount of irrelevant and superfluous junk stories that are filling up important media space both on the TV and in newspapers these days? As I write this post I’m watching ABC News, a half an hour program on the ABC channel on Australian TV and the past 10 minutes of so called “news” has been filled up with stories on the Russian president being caught on video dancing at a school reunion and the royal wedding guest list. For those who didn’t know, Ian Thorpe’s going to the wedding next week! Hip Hip Horay!

With all of the other news worthy events going on in the world at the moment stemming from natural disasters and civil unrest in the middle eastern countries to name only two, which seem to get as much if not less attention and air time as the royal wedding or Kylie Minogue having dinner with Australian PM Julia Gillard in Japan.

The media seem to obsessed today with showing the best of the worst and the worst of the best on TV… We have protesters being slaughtered in the streets of Syria balanced off with a YouTube clip of a kitten falling off a table getting millions of hits (I honestly saw this last week on the news). “The death toll from the March 11 tsunami in Japan has now accrued a death toll of more than 17000 people. Meanwhile, here’s a video clip of the two sea otters holding hands.”

I almost find this constant 1-2 combo in the media offensive. It’s as if they put in countless hours of effort into all the terrible stories in the world, followed by about two minutes worth of YouTubing to report on something positive. Surely there is a great deal more out there that is positive to report on? Science is taking new strides on a daily basis continually illuminating areas of biology, psychics, medicine, geology, etc, giving us further insights into our past, our evolution, the existence of the world and life around us, and the how medicine is reducing suffering all over the world.

I guess when it really comes down to it however, we are the ones to blame. The consumers, the audience. It seems we only lift our heads to pay any attention to the noise box anytime someone’s being slaughtered in war or by natural disasters, or when Madonna gets a new haircut. There seems to be no news like bad news, Tool’s song Vicarious outlines this bizarre phenomenon pretty well “It’s no fun til someone dies”. Hopefully this doesn’t remain the trend in the media forever…



Pete.


2 comments:

  1. I agree with you completely! Here in Spain is the same thing, I have to read the news in the internet because the news on the tv are stupid...

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  2. Yeah it's starting to get pretty depressing anytime you turn on the news, and any of the good things they report on are always so shallow and irrelevant... There must be so much more out there they just ignore.

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