Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Earth to Media: Can we get some Content?

I signed up for the Daily Newsletters from



and




These e-mails are delivered to my inbox each day. I skim them looking for updates on the celebrities that interest me. I'm a fan of pop culture, just like millions of other people, but am I the only one who is dismayed by the trend toward wasting space on the vapid and mundane crap that is filling these pages more and more often?

Check out a few "news" items in yesterday's People Daily.

Britney was caught driving without a license. Oh the drama!

Nick Bollea got out of jail. Why do we give this scum the time of day?

Beyonce gained a few pounds. Yawn.

and we are asked to guess who this is.



US Magazine was even worse:

We learn that Tina Fey glues down her ears.

We are asked to vote on a poll about Madonna's marriage. Why?



Whitney Port (whoever that is) makes out with some guys

and a slideshow of Kim Kardashian's ass.



Granted, it was nice to see that Ashton Kutcher coaches a kid's football team, Gwyneth Paltrow is still around and classy as always, and Mariah Carey took her boy to a charity thing for an art gallery (and to be SEEN!!!!), but come on!

Can we get some content? Something we should care about?

Did either mag mention that Clay Aiken took the weekend off from Spamalot to raise nearly half a million dollars for children with disabilities on Saturday night? Do they know that a substantial number of fans were there with their checkbooks out and giving generously?

Did they know that the Bubel/Aiken Foundation honored CVS Caremark Charitable Trust as this year's Corporate Champions of Change for their outstanding efforts to improve the lives of children with disabilities?

Did they know that Dan Habib (an award-winning photojournalist, director and producer of documentary films) and Betsy McNamara (a fundraising consultant and an inclusion advocate who is the mother of Samuel) were awarded the Champions of Change Award for their work and for their documentary movie "Including Samuel"?

Did they know that Rich Donovan was recognized as a Champion of Change for applying his world-class business acumen to creating means of empowerment for people with disabilities. He was a key to Merrill Lynch’s diversity strategy. As CEO of Integrated Process Solutions, Rich provides large corporations and governments with ready-for-action profit opportunities as a “return on disability”.

Now I know that Clay Aiken isn't the only celebrity that has done something newsworthy this week, but I use him as an example of things that are noteworthy yet not reported.

How about these magazines putting up a poll and asking their readers whether they would rather read about things of substance that celebrities do, and that go unrecognized, or would they rather look at pictures of some woman's ass.

I'm scared to see the outcome of such a poll because I'm afraid that society has been dumbed down to the point where many would vote for the slideshow.

19 comments:

  1. chel4clay7:49 AM

    Man O Man, truer words couldn't be spoken. It just amazes me what the media finds newsworthy. Give me a break. Thats one reason why I don't buy any of their magazines, just crap. Wake up America!

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  2. claniac248:26 AM

    GREAT post, Chexxxy. I wish your words would make their way to the media. Even the so-called non-tabloids are adopting tabloidish content to gain viewers. It's a commentary on a society's sickness when this is what they want to see.

    Keep up the good work, Chexxxy!

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  3. Right on the mark Chexxxy.
    It's not right that real news gets buried while gossip is headlined. Plenty of celebrities and other individuals as well as groups are involved in good and newsworthy things, it's time the public heard and read more about them. They might be surprised how interesting that is!

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  4. clayam9:02 AM

    Unfortunately the media caters to what they think the majority of people want to read or hear, which is all about sex these days...It doesn't matter that kids go hungry, or do not get proper education, or are killed by the hundreds in the 3rd.world countries, as long as we get a good look at some bimbo's ass!

    Thank god for the few celebrities who care enough to give of their time and efforts to make the world a little better, Clay Aiken is one of these celebrities.

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  5. Anonymous9:26 AM

    Thanks .... this was very nice to read & is, indeed, newsworthy. I was there & it was even more poignant to see the award winners get recognition for their endeavors.

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  6. Anonymous9:51 AM

    That's so true. The media, unfortunately, is catering to the lowest common denominator who couldn't care less about the important things.

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  7. The tabloid media cater to the celebs who want to extend their fame by partying, drinking, getting arrested. Why would they bother to write about the many children who will be helped by Clay Aiken's foundation, The Bubel Aiken Foundation from the money he raised this past weekend. He continues to be the true measure of a man.

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  9. Anonymous10:12 AM

    I'm sorry to say you are right. The media is just not interested in good works by celebrities.

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  10. Great blog Chexxxy!! I would be nice if the media focused on more
    important things like the BAF Gala
    this past weekend and the money
    that was raised to help children
    with developmental/learning disablities get an education like
    everyone else.

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  11. Clay Aiken, Tiger Woods, Paul Newman, David Foster, Kevin Bacon, Bono, Elizabeth Taylor to name just a few who use their celebrity to help others but the media rarely reports about. There are probably a lot more that we never hear about.

    Instead we hear about the escapades of the Britney's, Paris' and Lindsey's of Hollywood. Who had dinner with who, who is dating who, who is sleeping with who.

    Sad.

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  12. Anonymous10:45 AM

    It's about time someone said all that. God forbid that the media pick up any truth about Clay or his charity work. Thanks Chexxxy. I can always count on you to show Clay respect and be truthful.

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  13. Way to hit the nail on the head, Chexxxy! The media of today is so full of entertainment NON STORIES that the stories deserving of the attention are often ignored. Couple that with the inaccuracies reported by the media and you've got a half truth/half fiction story to put you to sleep at night instead of the news without bias.

    I love Clay Aiken, but he's not the only person affected by this media trend. Everyone from the local level all the way to the White House is affected by the bozo's of the media.

    Great blog!

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  14. Anonymous10:58 AM

    It's sad to see the tabloid crap become the focus in some of the more "legitimate" media. Now even medias sources which were once considered above the rest are catering crap around just to get readers.

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  15. I used to watch Entertainment Tonight but I got tired of putting away my IQ in order to get through it. These shows don't have much to do with entertainment but much to do with sexual partners of the B-listers, drug busts, criminal trials etc. of "stars". Seriously pathetic.

    Sadly to say, the general media has fallen into tabloid non-journalism in order to get the $$$$$. I think the public is so desensitized with the lowlife agenda that real news doesn't really matter anymore. It's those sound bites that count and some floozy's ass brings them $$$$.

    Those people who make a positive difference in some kid's life really don't make it to the news. It just isn't interesting. More's the pity.

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  16. Anonymous6:01 PM

    Fantastic blog, Chexxxy, and so very true! I wish that the media would start paying less attention to the boorish behavior of celebrities and start telling us more about those who inspire and use their energies to do something worthwhile (like Clay Aiken!).
    --VoxAngelicus--

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  17. Anonymous1:39 PM

    I have some information about the Fraud Squad you need to know about. How do I get it to you? I am not posting it here because the info, if correct, explains a lot about their existence and their knowledge about Clay.

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  18. You can e-mail me at chexxxy@gmail.com

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  19. Brilliant and also Bwah! You go Chexxx!

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