Saturday, September 13, 2008
OUR NEED FOR NEWS
As I watched Geraldo Rivera get dunked by a giant wave, I asked myself,"what have we come to?" Most of America will watch the scene as it plays over and over again on youtube and fox. We will laugh, (because we all know its no more than he deserves), but have we really become so desensitized that we must have reporters risk their lives (if not their common sense) to cause news to be exciting enough to watch? News plays 24 hours a day and most sit with eyes glazed over until the next BIG thing happens. When Gustav blew through reporters converged and the disappointment was obvious as they reported a levy that held through the storm. So my question is not why was Geraldo stupid enough to stand on the sea wall, but rather "why do we want him to?