Social Media Has Ruined News
Every morning I turn to CNN to see what’s been going on in the world that I need to know about. This is crucial during the summer months, because there are no sports of any importance to me going on and ESPN is usually stuck on baseball highlights and NFL off-season crap. This summer has been Johnny Manziel stories… I’m good. It’s already annoying to me that the format of the CNN show that comes on in the morning is centered around pop culture. I am not a fan. I don’t care about the royal baby. God bless ’em, but I couldn’t care any less about hearing about them. I don’t care what celebrity has now divorced who or who’s now pregnant by whom or who got strung out on drugs and cursed out the paparazzi. None of that matters to me.
So last week, as I was watching and getting ready for work, they came on touting some big news story. I’m thinking maybe it has something to do with the turmoil in Egypt or some other part of the world. Nope. The big news story was that Beyoncé had posted a pic on Instagram with a new short hairstyle. Word? That’s news? Aight…
This week the big story was the 16 year-old girl that was kidnapped by her dad’s best friend. A friend who killed the girl’s mother and brother in the process of kidnapping her. If you’ve kept up with the story, you know that over the weekend her kidnapper was killed by police and she was rescued. Horrific story with at least an ending that leaves her alive. Not a good ending, but it could have been worse. But on CNN the big story was that she went to Twitter to use ask.fm to answer questions from people. Then they reported on her answers using the disclaimer that they hadn’t yet confirmed that the account was actually run by her. This morning they were reporting on a picture she posted to Instagram of her family before this incident. Why is her activity on social media news?
Social media is great for what it is: entertainment. What it should not be is a source used by media outlets that we are supposed to trust to deliver to us “facts” that may or may not be facts. CNN isn’t the only culprit. They all do it. If I want news from social media, I can go to social media to read said news. I just wish our news outlets would chill on trolling social media to bring us news.
Until next time…