Written by P.M. Wortham

Friday, 15 January 2010

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Hmm. Partial nudity and the entertainment section. Perfect.

You would think that given the current state of affairs across the globe, that politicians, community leaders and the world press would be focusing on important things, like informing the public on ways to help the whole of humanity get to a "better place". Seems reasonable, and even actionable.

Instead of interest in stories about the earthquakes in Haiti or what can be done to help, potential voting fraud in the Ukraine, the health care bill in the US, citrus crop damage from the frost, the growing number of unemployed and homeless around the globe, the public prefers to look in a different direction.

"Top Stories", a term indicating a larger number of internet hits, will yield a quite different smattering of stories. Of course the top political and world news can be found there as well, but the bulk of interest lies in the ridiculous, the pointless, empty calories.

It is comforting to know that our general public truly cares why Jay Leno is a jerk, or what Katy Perry sees in Russell Brand, or if Heidi Montag can really sing, or if Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner are really a "hot couple", or why 3D movies and televisions will be the hottest thing since the toaster. Please.

We should strive for a better society, with serious people addressing serious issues. We should all be interested in world affairs and how we can help our fellow men and women. What we read, and what we do about what we read should matter, period.

Then again.

Without journalistic eye candy or a preference for pointless satire, you wouldn't be reading TheSpoof. You wouldn't be on this website. You wouldn't be reading, (pause for effect) <sniff>, "Me".

OK then. Forget everything I've just said. I need to get back on the entertainment sites and find out why Kate Gosselin hates her new hair extensions. Now that's hard news.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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