Too Much "Info-tainment?"

By: Brenna Slavens
By: Brenna Slavens

Is there too much entertainment news in the media now? Brenna takes a look.

Happy Friday everyone!

This week sure has been busy! On Monday, severe weather threatened the Mid Ohio Valley and disrupted the "Today Show's Exclusive interview with Charlie Sheen."

Staying on the topic of Mr. Sheen, he was featured, again on "Today" Tuesday, and  found some notoriety for setting a Guinness World Record for his Twitter account.

All this attention Sheen ( and other famous people) receive for their use of drugs, stealing, sex scandals ( I could go on and on), got me thinking about the content that is now considered to be newsworthy.

I sometimes sit and think what would Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite think about this new trend cleverly deemed "infotainment?"

Boy, things sure have changed since two of the pillars of American journalism were on-air.  Not only technologically speaking, but also the content.

Murrow was a pioneer in the broadcast news industry and reported on World War II.  One can only wonder what his opinion would be of shows like "Entertainment Tonight or E! News."

Especially when you consider Murrow said this "Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar."

But, who is to blame? Are we as a society more consumed with the gossip that surrounds many celebrities than what is going on around the world?  I bet more Americans could tell you about Charlie Sheen's little predicament than about the situation going on Libya.

 And, if we're honest we've all indulged in this "infotainment" at one point or another.

I hope though, this blog will incite some curiosity to learn more about world events and not just entertainment news.

I leave you all with one of my favorite quotes from Mr. Murrow..

"To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful."
 
--Brenna

 

 

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