Decisions, decisions ... do we focus on Obama's Afghanistan stance or a Tiger Woods late-night fender bender? I think we all know the answer to that one. It's too easy. We live in a world where we care more about "American Idols" than American Presidents -- I get that. It's been the case long before I got my degree in journalism, but at one point does it stop? If it's up to the general public, never.
Tabloid programs and -- more specifically web sites -- will continue to run with a hot story at any cost. I get that, too. But, back in the day we'd call it investigative journalism -- that is if a story carried weight and affected our lives. Take Richard Nixon for example. These days, however, it's instigative journalism. Instigative isn't even a word, but you get what I'm saying. A story doesn't need to be a story so long as it involves someone you know in the spotlight. I'm preaching to the choir, and this column doesn't say anything new than what we all are thinking -- or some of us anyway. The non-Juwanna Mann crowd as I like to call them -- you know the people who don't go to see Meet the Spartans in the theater and skip Life with Jim.
This comes off as sort a Jerry Maguire mission statement Epiphany, which is lame and rather uneventful, but as someone who has run a snarkless pop site for four years I think I'm entitled. Or maybe not. Plus a year ago, I freelanced for a famous gossip television show, which comes equipped with breaking "news" stories on its web site second by second. While working a day at the company, one colleague told me to go after a pregnant celebrity and ask her whether she thought it was wise to travel on a Vespa at her given state. Needless to say, I opted not to return to that gig again. When I decided to freelance there, I wanted to bring credibility. I wanted to gain a celebrity's trust, and then ask them a question that was more quirky than invasive. That approach and the thought process was stupid on my part. It's going to be this way until we stopped watching and clicking. But, we won't. We'll keep hearing about Tiger Woods until the next fender bender. One possible solution? Let's have celebrities turn the camera on these so-called reporters. Who wouldn't want to watch Alec Baldwin exposing a taped conversation between a writer and his daughter or better yet, Tiger Woods camped out of a photographer's house following a car accident?
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