The Two Faces of News Media


Watching the news on TV the other day made me think about some of the substandard and two-faced reporting.  I don’t know why it is so important to discuss issues that are meaningless in value and does nothing to improve our lives and future goals.  They are becoming like the paparazzi except they do it under the cover of news.

The media jumped at the chance to let all of us know what Miley Cyrus did on stage that they deemed shocking and morally questionable. I sure as hell didn’t care.  I wasn’t there and I’m sure many others just didn’t know until the media brought it to their attention.  I can tell you that when Madonna did her concert displays years ago, the hoopla was termed as — great personal marketing. Was there any difference between both public displays?   I think not.  I believe the media scrutinized Miley because she was at one time a children’s channel icon.  Communication, these days, travels almost at the speed of light.  It is horribly and insensitively instantaneous as compared to the early days of television and radio.  Even the newspapers were stunted by the lack of modern technology.

At the 2013 Miss America Pageant, in Atlantic City, a judge had asked one contestant what she thought about the Miley Cyrus’ risqué display on stage. That judge must have the brains of a mutated aardvark. What purpose did it serve to support and understand the intellectual being of the contestant?  I suppose it was better than an answer that she wanted ‘World Peace’ and there is the undeniable fact that It never has and never will be as long as man has a free will to exploit and grab power for his own selfish reasons.

The question that needs to be asked is whether we need all this trash news and what does it do for us to continue to live our lives as a family.  Granted, news about danger, weather, and issues affecting our daily living is important because it brings value to the safety and concerns needed for making our day fruitful, fun, and most of all happy.  I admit it is often nice to hear the ridiculous acts of people that make us laugh and realize there is some sort of humor in living.  But some days I wonder where the common sense of human character disappeared.

There is a quote that I feel is apropos because it draws a parallel to the media influx of news worthiness.  Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) wrote, “Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.”  ‘nuf said?


1 Comment

  1. September 24, 2013 at 17:52

    My Dads the same age as Miley’s Dad and he can’t understand why she did it, her music is great and good enough in her market to stand without the mass marketing this sort of video generates, but as long as she’s happy and its her decision not just a marketing gimmick she may have achieved her goal.

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