Celebrity News is not news!

In a blog on Psychology today Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha, two doctors who co-authored a book discussed the recent Michael Phelps mania in the press. I read this blog and honestly could not agree more! Since when did an athlete taking a few bong hits trump the financial crisis, global poverty, global warming, mass murdering in Myanmar and so on. Stories like this one go further than simply taking the publics attention away from real problems, both nationally and globally; they refocus the attention on meaningless celebrity gossip that serves to reinforce disproportional drug laws. Funding for social welfare programs is cut each year while millions of tax payers dollars are spent on prosecuting and incarcerating drug offenders. Whats more harmful to society, marijuana or the laws against it?

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2 Responses

  1. I think this puts the issue into its proper perspective…

  2. I have a dirty love for a gossip rag known as DListed.com, but this gossip site knows what it is: a gossip site, not a news site. It reports celebrity gossip, and it doesn’t flount itself as a reputable source for much of anything – even celebrity gossip. News about Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, Michael Phelps, Mickey Rourke, Robert Downey Jr. …these are all celebrities, and unless they do something specifically news-related (campaigning for a presidential candidate, perhaps), it doesn’t belong anywhere but on a site like DListed. Michael Phelps getting high isn’t news, it’s gossip. Lindsey Lohan being a coked-out lesbian isn’t news, it isn’t even gossip – it’s an unfortunate (the coked-out part, not the lesbian part) fact.

    I’m with you on this.

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