Looking through the different Non-Mainstream Journalism links, the first one I gravitated towards was “The Village Voice.” Upon scrolling through the headlines I immediately clicked on the article titled, “Britney’s Acting Weird Again! Yay!” I know I am not the only one who enjoys a little Brittney drama to ease the pain of all the “real news” out there. But that’s when it hit me— I just scrolled past articles dealing with reality, issues that may affect me. No matter how many times Britney Spears shaves her head, it’s never going to have any affect on me aside from a chuckle. Meanwhile, other issues such as, “Surveilling Muslim Groups is Necessary to Protect Free Press” or “Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Fellows Program: Get Rich From Public Service” get looked over. Even though this site speaks about most issues in a somewhat comical and sarcastic way, the issues presented in these articles are real. No matter, because the second I see something having to do with politics (or anything else that may actually make an impact on my life) I ignore it in search of something “more interesting.”
I will be the first to admit that this is a sad fact. Why am I more interested in celebrity news than news that may change my life? I don’t think I can fully get to the bottom of it. But, I think it has a lot to do with fear. I am afraid to hear bad news on TV —more wars, more deaths, and more heartache. I would venture to guess that being interested in celebrity news is a way for me to escape, in some sense, from the terrifying reality we live in.