Have you watched the local news lately? What were some of the prominent stories, and did they effect your local community?
Today as I watched the 6 p.m. news the lead story was the passage by the Ohio Senate of SB 5 followed by two stories on home explosions in Portage County, but inevitably the focus switched to Charlie Sheen and his latest antics!
Everyday this week we have been inundated with stories about Sheen, and why is this important to us? Well I don’t think it is important, but it shows how focused we are on the lives of celebrities – we are voyeurs. Are we really? I know I could care less about what is happening with Sheen. I sympathize with his family, particularly his children who are thrust into the spotlight because of his apparently unstable behavior.
As a point of clarification I am utilizing Merriam-Webster’s secondary definition “a prying observer who is usually seeking the sordid or the scandalous.”
However, in the grand scheme of things this is minutiae, and has no direct impact on my life. The shenanigans of Sheen will not lower the exorbitant rates at the gas pump, nor will it assist any of the middle class public employees rallying to have their voices heard.
I am truly saddened by what we as Americans call news, and what we long to see. Often it is the scandalous and salacious news from Hollywood, and other corners of the world where celebrities live the “glamorous” life!
Enough already, let’s focus on what’s most important and relevant – home, family and your own survival!