The Syrian government has been using chemical weapons on its own citizens. Innocent lives are being ended everyday by the officials of the country. Footage has been released of children drenched in napalm, with their skin peeling off, being evacuated from their school. President Obama has been talking with his officials and Congress about sending our military to Syria in an attempt to end the violence. Our country is on the verge of entering into a new conflict overseas.
But all people talked about was how Miley Cyrus twerked with Robin Thicke at the VMAs.
What does that say about us as a nation? Many people still don’t even know that we are on the verge of entering Syria, much less that Syria’s war has been going on for quite some time. Honestly, I am just as guilty as the next American. That Monday morning following the VMAs, I read articles and made posts about the embarrassing debacle and had no idea what was happening on the other side of the world.
It’s just so much easier to be ignorant.
When did we become so celebrity obsessed? When did the name of Beyoncé’s baby and the secret wedding of Ryan Reynolds become news? Beats me. All I know is that the average individual is more likely to follow a Twitter feed than a Congressional conference. This begs the question: was this celeb craze caused by the media, or was the media simply responding to a demand?
Papers and tabloids are responding to what we ask for. We Americans like to follow our favorite famous people, and the media gives us what we want. We’re the cause of our own ignorance. Sometimes we like not knowing about the hard realities of the world and would rather stick to the artificial lifestyles of the rich and famous.
Now I don’t want to seem like I condemn anyone who reads People magazine, because I stay up-to-date on Taylor Swift and her endless list of boyfriends as much as the next person. But consider these questions: “At what point does celebrity following lead to obsession and ignorance? Has that line already been crossed?”
Written by Peter McMurray