Thursday, June 23, 2005

I have a bone to pick!

OK, I have to get this off my chest. Here is a perfect example of what pisses me off about the news. Pretty blonde Coed vanishes in Aruba on a little vacation. I can't turn on the news without hearing about it. I now practically know her life story. She went there to party, got toasty and went home with the wrong men. chances are she is long gone from this world. Now I do not condone what happened to her, and it really is heartbreaking for her family, and I think the amount of coverage is a good thing, but here is where the "rub me the wrong way" part comes in.
My first boyfriend travels to Taiwan to teach English to people, his third day there he vanishes off the face of the earth. It takes me THREE years to hear about it because the only news coverage is in Taiwan, an a year or so later a blurb in the Anchorage Alaska paper! WTF!? Is his life not as important as the blond girl who went out partying? Does he not make a pretty enough poster child on the news? Who knows, if people had got as heavily as involved with this case all around the world as they did with Aruba, maybe at least they would have recovered his remains by now.
Oh and the runaway bride, like SHE needed so much news coverage! Like THAT is a story that I care about.
I read an interview with Angelina Jolie recently and she said something that stood out. She said she had been away in developing countries for three months and not one photographer took pictures there, a place the world is relatively uniformed about the horrors of. Then she goes to NY and tries to take her son on a carousel ride and they can barely wade through the sea of photographers. There is something really wrong with that!
The news is not our friend which I am certain is no surprise to anyone.


Shawn Anderson said...

It's sad to think that many poor ethnic children go missing every day, yet, because they're not caucasian females, there's not 'buzz' for coverage.

Shawn Anderson said...

And isn't it interesting that Brad Pitt had no interest in poverty and third world debt while he was with Jennifer Aniston, yet after a little time with Angelina, he's the End Poverty Now spokesboy.

I think Angelina needs to 'spend time' with more people in this country so we'll all care.

I volunteer to go first.

Michelle Auer said...

Dude! If Angelina starts spending time with people I am SO first in line! ;-)
My husband will understand, I mean it is all in the name of world peace right?!?!

Shawn Anderson said...

Right on!

I'd certainly be understanding of my wife in the same situation, but I hope she'd understand why I'd want to equip her with a hidden camera ;)


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