Newspapers, television, magazines, and the internet seem to be our source of information for news and gossip. It didn’t occur to me until this past Saturday, when I walked past the magazine stand at the Wegman’s supermarket that gossip comes from journalism too. Sure, I kn
ew this but it was far back in my mind. This made me think.
Are we seriously so out of tuned with our own lives that we need to be in tuned with other peoples’ lives? We had a brief class discussion on how American seems to feed on gossip in class last Thursday and this made me think about this topic more. What makes us, as humans, curious about the lives of people we don’t know? Does really knowing about their lives have a great positive impact on our own lives? Honestly, I don’t think so. We have so much of our own stuff going on, we shouldn’t need to worry about someone we don’t know.
What makes us as journalists and humans so eager to find out the latest scoop from Britney Spears or Brad Pitt? Do we have a right even to do so? As journalists, we have the freedom of the press to back us up. When is too much freedom enough? Where does privacy come in? Last time I checked, just about everyone loves their privacy. So why can’t we give people what they want, when it’s what we want as well?
Who is ruling journalism? Is it the journalists or is it the people who want the journalism? Weren’t we taught as youngsters, to mind our own business? What is the world coming to?
I know, I have asked many questions, and most of them go unanswered. We all may sit around the coffee table and think about this topic for a couple of days or even a week. Soon enough, though, it will get put to the back of our minds and we’ll be right back where we started, gossiping, like its our need to survive.