Paris Hilton is not news. I don't care what she is doing, who she is
doing it to, and what she is wearing while she is doing it. Nothing
about Paris Hilton is newsworthy, other than why broadcast media could
possibly consider the trials and tribulations of a globe hopping hotel
heiress as being newsworthy.
Now, could someone please clue in CNN.
Personally I have nothing against Paris. Exotic, in a white bread sort
of way, she is little more than a supermodel of celebrity. Famous for
her ability to pose on cue, and look cold and clueless at the same time,
family money is all she has going for her. Yet still CNN feels the need
to place Ms. Hilton's reaction to her incarceration. in between stories
covering the conflict in the Gaza, trouble on the International space
station and the ongoing blood bath in Baghdad.
A rich celebritant going to jail for driving on a suspended license
is tabloid fodder, best left at the check out counter. Genocide in Sudan
is news. The eminent extinction of the Northern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium
simum cottoni) is news. Government corruption is news. Election fraud
is news. Toxic, sewage, oil or fuel spills, of any kind are news. Drought
and destruction are news. The second coming of Christ would be news.
In a world of over 6 billion people, in a world rife with war, climate
change, and biotic upheaval, the news media dedicating any coverage
to the Paris Hilton saga is as absurd as it is pathetic. It's also irresponsible.
When I pick up a newspaper, or turn on a news channel, I expect to
get information that is both timely and relevant. I need information
I need to know, not infotainment. When CNN is talking about Paris Hilton's
legal battles they are not talking about an economy teetering on the
brink, they are not talking about ecological sustainability, eroding
civil liberties, the extreme drought affecting Southern California,
or the global issues driving illegal immigration.
Where is the reporting about water, or the lack thereof in Los Angeles,
Iraq, India, China? In L.A. Residents have been told to cut showers
and reduce irrigation as drought continues in Southern California.
In Baghdad, where daytime temperatures are hovering around 117F, there
is little potable water, and bottled water is beyond the economic reach
of most. The water shortage made worse by whatever water there is being
polluted with human waste and weapons discharge. The sewage infrastructure
of Iraq, long ago bombed by US forces, can't handle the millions living
in the Baghdad region. Lack of sanitation, coupled with a lack of water
has resulted in a sharp increase in war related mortalities.
With population over a billion, China and India are facing epic water
crisises of their own. Prolonged droughts would claim millions of lives,
create millions of environmental refugees, and enable regional conflicts.
Southern California is no different.
On May 31, 2007, Fish and Game officials shut down the pumps that imported
Northern California water to Southern California via the State Water
Project. And if that is not bad enough, San Diego Counties other source
of imported water, the Colorado River, is in it's eighth year of drought.
So instead of obsessing over Paris in the summer, I think western media
should obsess about water, and the lack there of for the billions of
humans scurrying across the parched landscape.