Big news of the day: DEA joins the Micheal Jackson death investigation.
Oh yeah, here is some other apparently less important news: 467,000 jobs were cut in June. The jobless rate now stands at 9.5%. US Marines are involved in a brand new offensive in Afganistan. North Korea test fired 4 short range missiles. The State of California is broke and will issue IOU's in place of money.
Sometimes I must wonder where we are as a country. I know that this is nothing new. Our media tends to focus on topics that it can ride for weeks rather than what is important. The powers that be in the media like to tell us that they only print what we want to read about or see more of. The scary thing to me is that is probably true.
We have all seen the results of the radio station that did the on air survey last November. The DJ's called C-stores and other various establishments and gave the workers a quick quiz. A huge majority of the respondants who were voting for candidate Obama had no clue about basic geography or who was in charge of our country or their state. Truly scary.
Any of us who watch TV ( I do not), know what type of programing is currently available to us. I once tried out for Jeopardy. I studied for weeks to get ready for the trials. The questions were tough and rigourous. Watch the same show now. It is beyond the dumbing down of America. The questions are much simpler in nature than they used to be. I have read that even Alex Trebek is frustrated. Beyond Jeopardy, we have shows that are basically degenerate. Everything has to keep moving quickly in the show because or the viewers will become bored. There is no thinking allowed. Everything must be spoon fed to us in order to keep us watching. Is this who we are or who the media wants us to be?
I truly believe that we a nation are getting dumber. Instead of the 3R's, kids are taught that if they do not recycle a can, they are a criminal. Instead of learning the Presidents in order, kids are taught about how to use a condom and have safe sex.
It is no wonder that everyone seems to be concerned with Michael Jackson. All of the other news of the day requires thinking. As a country, we seem to be doing less of that.