Sunday, May 31, 2009

News You Can Lose

Really great that every "serious" news agency out there thinks its role is to serve as a conduit for a contestant on some interchangeable limey Gong Show retread. Jesus. Maybe she'll move to Iowa and marry Adam Lambert or something, and we can all tweet each other about it.

Serious question for serious journamalists: Why should we know or care who Susan Boyle is? Why should people who've never even watched the show she's on know far too much about her personal life? It's sick. I mean, she looks like Shrek and sings show tunes; we get it. We got it a month or so ago. I'm not above the celebritard reportage, but there's a time and a place for it, and "all the time" and "everywhere" are not that time and place. This is what Us and People exist for.

The intartubez are only half the dinosaur media's problem; the other half is that flagship print entities are doing the work of glossy tabloid magazines.

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