I don’t care about Blue Ivy. I don’t. But CNN does. And Twitter. And the New York Times. And just about every other social media and news outlet available to me. Only recently has it dawned on me how much celebrity’s realities, “celebreality”, has invaded my life. I won’t pretend I’m not into pop culture, because I am. So naturally I’ll gravitate toward an article about an artist or actor that interests me. But recently I’ve discovered I know much too much about people’s lives that I don’t care about. At all. I even know about those who are famous without having even a modicum of talent. It’s frightening when you really think about it.
Sometimes all the information feels like an assault. That may sound dramatic but it’s very hard not to be bombarded with stories about who’s dating whom, who is (or isn’t) having a baby, which rapper is picking on the other, etc. It can just be a bit much. I view entertainment as an escape. A way to divert myself when I’m done school work or work work or just need a good laugh. I don’t need it all the time, especially not when I’m making a concerted effort to see what’s happening in the world.
Taking a solution oriented stance, the logical thing to do would be to take a media break. No Facebook, no Twitter, no blogs, you know the deal. But I think that’s too harsh. And impractical. News and entertainment have become too enmeshed with one another to be completely separate. (See recent Republican debates) It’s just…when I want to see what’s going on in the world and seek out reputable news outlets, maybe they could report on something other than the product of a celebrity’s unprotected tryst 9 months ago or a politician’s lame attempt at being sexy on Craigslist.
Just a thought*.
* I’m totally and completely willing to admit this is a first world problem-I’ve got “too much” news.