There's a good chance that wherever you were, you were watching wall-to-wall coverage of the starlet's tragic death. Here's the problem. Lots of more important stuff happened that day--things that actually could impact your life and mine.
In college, I majored in journalism, and though I came over to the dark side (public relations) years ago, I still remember the principles I learned in j-school. I cringe as I watch the mainstream television media toss those principles aside in the quest for more viewers. I watch the 24-hour news channels and wonder: Where is in-depth coverage of the healthcare crisis? Exactly what is going on in Darfur? Burma? The rest of the world? Can someone explain how global warming works? No? Because Britney Spears' latest midnight, pantyless romp to the club is far more important? Okay.
Bob Harris, author of the book Who Hates Whom: Well-Armed Fanatics, Intractable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing Up — A Woefully Incomplete Guide, captures my ire perfectly in this animated clip. Thanks to WIMN's Voices for the tip.