Sex sells, but there IS other news out there

We are shocked, SHOCKED, by the behavior of John Edwards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Anthony Weiner, et. al.  This, of course, is the only reason why we dissect every detail of their sexual indiscretions, their utter distain for their spouses, their unquenchable egos. That, and the fact that we’ve yet to have a shark sighting this summer.

‘Tis the season of stupid news. But it’s certainly not because there’s a shortage of the real stuff.  That news is simply too overwhelming to deal with.  And so we Tweet and cluck and chortle about sex, while Congress does virtually nothing, housing prices sink and just about everything else rises — food prices, the national debt, unemployment rates and health care costs, to name but a few.

Osama bin Laden, in case you didn’t notice,  is dead.  Al-Qaeda is in Pakistan.  But we slog ahead in Afghanistan, where no one wins and the civilian population — killed by both sides at a record pace last month — keeps on losing big-time. Oops. Almost forgot. We’re in two other wars as well.

It all feels a bit like quicksand: Lift one foot or hand a few inches above the muck and some other body part sinks deeper.

And so we watch sports, wait for sharks and make due with the sexual peccadillos of those oh-so-stupid-and-sleazy male American politicians, the same guys doing amazingly little about, well, just about everything.

It seems as odd as the weather this spring — and that’s been pretty odd. But then, that reminds me of another huge news story the media and public are simply ignoring: climate change.

Did you happen to notice? Scientists at Stanford University reported recently that the coolest summers by mid-century and possibly sooner will be warmer than the warmest summers right now. Meaning things are getting awfully hot awfully quickly.

Maybe on second thought I shouldn’t write that word — hot.  It’s appears to have gotten Anthony Weiner so excited that he started flashing photos of his privates and other body parts. But then, perhaps he only took off his shirt after reading the Stanford study.


About jerrylanson

I teach, write, coach and sing, though you're not required to listen to the latter. I'm a journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston. My third book, "Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves," was published in November by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. You can read a sample chapter at My passions are politics (generally liberal in outlook), music, mountains, golden retrievers and my grandchildren, though not in that order. Please stop by and mix it up with me. I always answer those who post.
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