If there was a news media meltdown every time someone became pregnant, we’d never hear about anything else. I don’t mean to deny the role that what remains of the British monarchy plays in the wealth of this nation, nor that there are people who truly do care what celebrities are getting up to, but what I don’t quite get is how this is front page news, next to people getting slaughtered overseas and new breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe. I suppose that when news isn’t personally tailored to the watcher the things that some may not consider important overrule some things of great importance to some, much to the latter’s chagrin. I suppose there are people who wait with baited breath for the sports section of the news, whereas I usually switch off, but that’s a matter of personal taste, as, I suppose, is whether or not a pregnant princess is important enough to qualify as news.
As Youtube and other services like it become more popular, perhaps news will become more tailored towards the individual rather than as the nation as a whole, perhaps that’s where we’re heading, into a world where we can hear what we like and pretend that celebrity culture doesn’t exist to sustain whatever faith in humanity has managed to cling onto the remains of our brains at that point.
As much as I care about the latest discoveries, I’m sure that there are people who couldn’t give less of a shit about how technology is being used to save peoples lives and the planet, and there are probably equally as many people for whom the prospect of finding life on mars is but a huge ‘meh’. To those people, I raise a solitary eyebrow, but I understand that not everyone is going to agree on everything, and that’s largely a good thing.