For those of you who have been watching the news lately, there has been a lot of controversy over the U.S. troops going to Syria, flash floods have been out breaking in Colorado and a few unfortunate shootings have happened in the United States.
What may not be shown on CNN and ABC news are the segments saved for channels such as MTV and E! News. Entertainment news is still important in our culture for just that reason — to entertain. What would the music, television and film industry be without a little news coverage behind it? I mean, that is what entertainment news is, right?
Articles based on television shows and actors and musicians that are filled with amusement are entertaining to read. So, it comes as no surprise when that is what I find when I flip through the pop culture section of a newspaper.
Entertainment sources do a fair amount of actual newsworthy stories. Lately, however, I find myself reading too many stories I could care less about. I stumble upon articles online with names such as “Miley Cyrus Rocks Three Different Outfits in One Day” in the “Breaking Celeb News” column. I honestly could not have face palmed harder.
There are currently over 1,000 people unaccounted for in the flooding in Colorado, and people are concerned that Cyrus changed her clothes three times within 24 hours. Either something is wrong with this picture or I am just not as in tune with pop culture and fashion as I thought.
Cyrus has been rather effective on the entire entertainment section of the paper as a matter of fact. I pin her as responsible for the addition of a new word in the Webster dictionary. If I read the word “twerk” in one more title of an article, my next investment will be a paper shredder.
Looking back on the old entertainment news from the 1990s, I cannot help but feel like we have gone downhill. Whether it is in the actual entertainment itself, who knows.
Monica Lewinsky was the Cyrus of the 1990s. She wasn’t twerking or changing her outfit three times a day to get in the news. She definitely wasn’t doing anything upstanding, but it was entertainment that caught the world by surprise. Where did that publicity go?
Like I said, more times than not the articles are newsworthy, but now and again I see blurbs that make me wonder if more important information could have been broadcasted there, or perhaps a public service announcement could have been made a little bit longer.
It makes me wonder what we could be reading instead. That space could be saved for an Amber alert, a drunk driving advertisement or perhaps a more entertaining piece of less drama such as Ashton Kutcher’s role as Steve Jobs in the movie “Jobs.” What made the producers feel as though Kutcher could portray Jobs better than any other actor? That’s the kind of entertainment news I’m looking to read.
Entertainment news will live on forever. It has to; it’s a part of our culture. Movies, music, actors and television will always be a go-to for amusement for any sort of mood. Pop columns are a way for viewers to keep in touch with a celebrity’s real life. But, are we going too far? Are we starting to cross the line? Maybe it’s time to stop before we hit a land mine.