Newscoma has an interesting post this morning about the three big stories yesterday–the economy, Thompson exiting the Presidential race, andÂ Heath Ledger’s death–and how they were covered by the media.
In rooting around the Internet yesterday, as I was a blogging fool for about five different websites, the most response I saw about all of the three stories was about the death of the young actor.
I have to agree that just about anything trumps Fred Thompson’s exit.Â Unless you are a Tennessean, you probably didn’t even notice he was running, but I did go so far as to give it a tweet.
The economy?Â I think that’s a huge story that warrants daily discussion and debate.Â But it seems like unless the stock market goes up or down 5% in one day, or is at least projected to do so,Â no one seems to care.
And for the news industry, the other stories take the bottom fold because people want to know about the world of celebrity and watch from a safe distance.Â
But why?Â Why is it that the death of an actor is able to top just about any other story with such ease?Â Why isÂ so easy for us to obsessÂ with the life of celebrities and so hard for us to concern ourselves with things that affect our own lives?Â Â Why?
I’m not casting stones here–I do it too.
I had a boss once tell me in news that there are always three big stories. 1.) Kids, 2.) personal issues with money and 3.) the unknown/death.
I think that’s probably true.Â But has it always been this way?Â During the American Revolution, Civil War, and The Great Depression was this true?