We interrupt this program for the following “world news” report; ten second count down on screen to live broadcast in newsroom.
I am anticipating bombing, terrorist, or other news that would impact the safety of our country as we know it.
Magnify the impact with this statement,
“we want to alert parents who might have children in the room”.
My stomach is in knots as I flash back to 911.
I am thinking, tragedy with lives lost, possibly horrible images.
At which point I hear instead that singer/actress Whitney Houston is dead.
I feel I have been sucker punched.
Please do not misunderstand me,
I am not a cold-heart, without empathy and sadness to the passing of life.
I understand that this person is a “star”.
But this is my point, I sit absorbing the news and feel infuriated.
This is news.
But is this really “world news”?
My daughter looks over at me, in her 11 years , she does not know who Whitney Houston is, has not heard of her, but states, “Mom, someone has died”.
Yes, I reply but the fact is, this is not “world news”; this is entertainment news.
Big news to some, but really, if you are going to interrupt broadcasting during prime time TV, I am expecting earth-shaking news.
News that will impact the peace and safety of the nation. I am utterly, completely bewildered as I look at the social media. What have we come to? We do not even recognize how saturated we are with media and the cult of personality.