Celeb news dominates headlines

By Justin Sillner
October 15, 2009

It is very rare to turn on the television nowadays and not see Kim Kardashian on the screen. Entertainment news has gotten pretty out of control lately. Americans have become more obsessed with celebrity gossip rather than world issues that could affect their lives.

Now don’t get me wrong, I like to see what all the stars are up to myself, but I also feel like it should be kept to a minimum. I could understand if celebrity gossip was kept to an entertainment-based show. There is a lot of people who turn to Just Jared or Perez Hilton for their latest entertainment news.

I understand that celebrity gossip is more interesting than most news topics; it is what grabs our attention first.

Let’s say we had the choice to watch a video about a famous entertainer or about something in Iraq, most people would choose to watch the video on the famous person.

I know we all remember when Britney Spears shaved off all of her hair and when she attacked the paparazzi with an umbrella. No matter what station you turned to, there was something being said about her.

Today, we have stars like the Kardashians and the Gosselins who the media cannot seem to get enough of. Each family has its own reality television show where viewers can watch every aspect of their life.

Do we really need to see those same clips repeated on political shows? How many times am I going to hear that Jon took all of Kate’s money or Kourtney Kardashian got knocked up by her ex-boyfriend?

Don’t get me wrong. I still think entertainment plays an important aspect in culture. It should have its own featured segment on the news. However, the top stories for the news shouldn’t be something like “Brooke Hogan’s botched boob job.” There should be a medium between the two.

I believe all news is very important. It just seems like most entertainment news dominates the media because there is always something new going on.

Kanye West will always be telling other stars that Beyonce’s video is better than theirs, Paris Hilton will always be trying to find a new BFF and Heidi Montag will be trying to convince the world that she can sing and Spencer can rap.

We live in a new century that is media dominated. It is hard not to focus on what celebrities are doing simply because that’s the way American culture is. We have developed drastically over the years, where sometimes most news coverage gets too repetitive. Covering a particular story could become a turn-off to readers. This is where readers will probably find somewhere else to get their news.

The war in Iraq is a huge issue that America has been dealing with for years, but it has been going on for so long now, people get tired of it and want to read about something else. I think that all news is important, it just depends on how much attention it is getting.

Eventually, America will grow sick of the Gosselins or the Kardashians. We all grow older and start to care about different things.

Entertainment news is crucial in the lives of America today. We have people who make jobs out of it. Truthfully, I feel that we should keep it on a section of a news show and not have it displayed on news stations featuring worldly issues.

Maybe one day the breaking news will be something bigger than Lindsay Lohan’s latest rehab stint, but, until then, I guess we’ll just have to make do.

Justin Sillner

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