Tuesday, 3 January 2012

'Sick Of This'



An American's 'usual state of mind after reading the top stories on Yahoo news'.

I can sympathise with him. On my reader I have the RSS feeds to most newspapers and it can be laborious sifting through the endless 'celeb' drivel in order to find information with any substance.

Is my attitude due to my age?  The MSM must make serious money from publishing endless articles about the 'famous' or it would refrain. I suggest it's all part of the 'dumbing down' culture now prevalent in the UK.

Many thanks to Richard for the video.

16 comments:

Goodnight Vienna said...

Great video! You're not alone, SR, and it isn't due to your age. There seems to be a rejection of the 'celebrity culture' in the msm - you only have to read the comments on the article in the DM today about Sherlock to see it. Many people are sick of being lied to and manipulated. The msm have to wise up & go back to being investigative journalists rather than printing press releases. If they don't, they'll find that independent bloggers and social media users will overtake them completely.

J. R. Tomlin said...

Indeed!

There is a reason why I am an "indie author" and it has much to do with being "sick of this".

Woodsy42 said...

Aren't we all.
I feel celeb culture is simply a poor substitute to allow people to avoid the effort of having real friends, real interests and a real life.

Billy said...

Happy New Year Subrosa.

You are not alone - That is one of the reasons I do not read newspapers orwatch the TV - The lies being another one - but it is deliberate to dumb down the masses by the elite in order to stop them thinking for themselves and seeing what is really going on in the world and what the elite are up to.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

What everyone before me has said, SR!

Methinks the revulsion for the MSM an dour political elite grows by the day!

cynicalHighlander said...

Hurrah people are waking up at last to the guff that comes over the airwaves as being just that. Haven't watched telly for years or read printed media as they have become the opium of the masses who need their daily fix of 'reality' with the over inflated egos of the presenters.

subrosa said...

Well said GV.

subrosa said...

Problem is Jeanne, I think we're the minority now or at least it's going that way. How do we stop the rot?

subrosa said...

It is Woodsy. I used to have heros and heroines but we didn't live our lives round them.

subrosa said...

Happy New Year to you Billy.

I've given up reading so much too. Too much time has to be spent finding something of interest.

Blogs provide far more accurate and interesting information.

subrosa said...

Are they getting the message though WfW? As long as we vote them in they will ignore our complaints.

subrosa said...

We have a considerable amount of society who live and breath the lives of celebs though CH. That's worrying in itself.

John Pickworth said...

Same with TV...

The broadcaster's gift to us this year (and every year) is a 'Celeb' version of whatever. The question is why?

There's an entire industry of people who are famous for nothing but being famous people on the endless round of panel shows, celebrity and breakfast sofas.

subrosa said...

I suppose the answer is that people will watch it John. If there was no demand then programmers would be out of business.

On occasion I watch Strictly Come Dancing but only if there is someone participating who contributes more than 'fame' to the programme. They're usually voted off early though.:)

Now that the internet's in most people's homes, I would have thought that would have pushed TV programme makers to up their game, but it would seem to have had the opposite effect.

Junican said...

I'm not sure that the 'celebs culture' is anything new - it simply has a different name. Curiosity is not unusual!

The difference today is the emphasis placed upon it. I don't really think that people are generally more interested in 'celebs' than they were, say, 50 years ago. It is rather that the MSM are desperate to sell newspapers.

But the more that the MSM go for this silliness, the more intelligent readers are repelled. Once the celeb interest wains, or changes from subjects which are photogenic, then the MSM will suffer a lot.

Maybe!

subrosa said...

You're right Junican, but the celeb culture was mainly confined to magazines and the odd bit in the redtops. Now it's all over the MSM.

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