If you read this blog regularly, you know it usually focuses on stories that affect the media in some way and yes, the post today does focus on the media, but in a different way.
Unless you’ve been under a rock most of the day, you know Justin Bieber was arrested today in Miami Beach. Even if you don’t care (raises hand), the fact is that this story is EVERYWHERE.
I think most people have forgotten about Syria and the rest of the world since all I can see is his mug shot splattered all over TV and social media. As I peek at my Facebook account, there are two back to back stories about his arrest. Even my ears can’t get a break as radio is also talking about Bieber’s current dilemma nonstop.
The other bit of news I’m seeing quite a bit of today is the outpouring of hatred over the design of team USA’s Olympic uniform for the opening ceremonies. I’ve read amusing comments comparing the Ralph Lauren designs to a grandmother’s knitting needles gone mad to something you’d see in an ugly sweater contest. From what I’ve read the colorful cardigan is supposed to be reminiscent of the all American quilt but you can make your own opinions when you see the design. I’m seeing mainly negative comments but also some positive which balance it out, somewhat.
Is this all really news? Well, yes. We’re seeing what we’re interested in seeing. Even if you’re not a fan of Justin Bieber, you may secretly be enjoying the story while you roll your eyes in the car or make casual conversation with a co-worker.
How do these stories become the most popular stories of the day? If social media is any indication, everyone is in on the scoop, even those of us well past the age of 16. It’s hard to not read or share a story about a pop sensation that makes the headlines as often as he does. Bieber’s hardcore fan base also makes him difficult to ignore when you consider he has over 48 million followers. Yes, you read that correctly.
Now as for the Olympic uniforms, people want to see how we’ll be represented in Sochi. Whether you think they look like a yarn store disaster or think they actually look nice, it’s a story because it represents all of us in some way. The rest of the world will be either laughing at our athletes or think they look cool. Besides, show me someone who doesn’t have an opinion. If you’ve seen the uniform, I guarantee you’ll have something to say.
Whether or not you agree of these two stories are newsworthy, the proof is in the fact that they’re everywhere. It doesn’t matter whether you care or not. Do you care about Syria? Do you care about Sochi? No? Even if you don't, many others do.
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