This has definitely been on my mind these last couple of weeks. With the explosion in the Justin Bieber/Richard Sherman/The Grammys/Syria/Ukraine Revolution/State of the Union Address/The world in general. Every where I look there is someone freaking out about Justin Bieber getting arrested(He actually turned himself into the Toronto Police tonight on assault charges), last week it was Richard Sherman’s rant on National Television following the Seattle Seahawks victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Title Game, earlier this week it was Macklemore sweeping all the rap awards in the Grammys. At the same exact time, Ukraine was rebelling against its oppressive government, and so was Syria. There were 3 or 4 school shootings, plus a mall shooting.
In the Internet age it is all about generating views, more views = more advertising money. I understand that publications like CNN, NBC, ABC have to publish the pop culture news because it generates views. People are interested in Justin Bieber egging a neighbors house in the way that they aren’t interested in people fighting for their rights in Ukraine. I understand that, it is just disappointing for me.
There is this battle going on for our mind, for our attention. Pop Culture vs. Actual News. Unfortunately, Justin Bieber or Richard Sherman or Miley Cyrus will win that battle all day long. I find my self fighting the urge to click the link on Twitter that tells all about Justin going to jail, and sometimes, even I lose that battle.
I sometimes try to imagine what the world will be like in 10, 15, 30 years down the line. It gets depressing for me fast. I imagine this world where all the news is pop culture. Where real events aren’t talked about. Where the press isn’t really free. Money rules all and will there be point when views won’t come as a result of actual news stories? What happens when that day comes? Eventually they will publish less and less of them, do what makes the money. That is capitalism at its finest. Here is a pop culture reference for you, just picture a future like the world in The Hunger Games. Now take out the sadistic child killing. A world where people live in an ignorant bliss of the real problems, where the only thing that matters is who is wearing what, who is dating who, who broke what law. All other news is forgotten.
That isn’t a world I want to live in. That is a scary place and I get depressed just imagining it. Sometimes I feel like I am too young to be as jaded as I am, but this realization comes with another side. I am in the perfect place, at the perfect time to help reverse this trend. I want people to care about what is happening out there. I want people to go deeper than Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, The Super Bowl, or The Grammys.
Pop Culture isn’t all bad. Don’t get me wrong. Lets just win our minds back and show big publications that we care about what is actually happening out there in the world and in our country.
But who am I to tell you what to do. I am just a college kid with a blog. I hope you just think about it.
I hope all of you have a fantastic night.