Gossip spreading over news

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While a fiscal cliff, super storm Sandy and possible state secession spin dust that threaten a national tornadolike disaster, you’d think these topics would dominate the news. Instead, rumors of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s breakup fill social media feeds like wildfire. Should an actual fire spark the wild, few would recognize it through the dense cloud of smoky gossip.

While scanning the tabloids at H-E-B appears innocent, more people seem to know about Lindsey Lohan’s increasingly long list of criminal offenses than the number of signatures on a state’s petition for withdrawal from the country.

With monumental changes on the national horizon, the issuance of pop culture as informational proves progressively disturbing. Celebrity gossip has transformed into a need-to-know priority that consumes networking sites.

Such is the problem with a minute-by-minute media, where the latest dish on behind-the-scenes Twilight drama supercedes that of the president of the United States.

While Jelena does in fact hold a spot in the hearts of many, Hurricane Sandy survivors should take primacy in headlines and posts.

But who’s to blame for this fumbling of media superiority?

While public figures enjoy the spotlight, their faces appear continuously in magazines.

The “Baby” singer and crew would probably prefer fewer paparazzi in their faces and more fresh air. These stars of stage and screen carry no fault, at least in this situation.

Another possible cause of the chaos rests in the hands of the press.

If the media are to blame, what part deserves the pointing finger? News anchors, journalists, editors and photographers merely perform their jobs to receive a paycheck. Because they generate the questions, evidence and provocative images, can culture pin guilt on them? If not the fame or the press, then who?

If not the supply, then the demand. Thank you, fundamental economics.

Who requests the whereabouts of the Biebs? The public. Tweens, teens and unashamed adult fangirls buy the papers plastered with their favorite famous faces.

Who cares if Justin’s new ink stretches across his forearm?

They do. And they are willing to pay a ridiculous sum of money, especially when the prized paper contains a poster of the latest heartthrob.

If this country desires a return to strictly informative and breaking-news updates, the public must voice a need for these changes. In turn, suppliers could then redirect their focus, training the stage lights on politicians and natural disasters instead of gossip like Taylor Swift and her often shaky romances.

Rather than zooming in the binoculars on the distant lives of the rich and famous, they should take a microscope to the here and now.

What matters where you are living? If Justin and Selena’s late night endeavor answers that question, thank the media. If not, start pouring your attention into what you think matters, and the rest of society might follow suit.

Author: Katelyn Holm

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