This morning, I went on Google News, as usual, to check out the latest news headlines. There were many names in the "top stories" list that I see quite often, such as Mitt Romney, Vladimir Putin, and Mobile Industry. I ususally avoid those links in favor of the ones under more obscure headlines. For example, this morning, I clicked on Anderson Cooper, who was on the front page today, and all the stories state, with different wording, "CNN's Anderson Cooper Comes Out." This is a front page news story?
For one thing, I could care less about Anderson Cooper's sexual preferences. He is a good news host; I will not stop watching Anderson Cooper 360 because he is a homosexual. Why is this headline news? There is no reason that the whole world should care if someone is a homosexual or not. Honestly, Anderson Cooper can do what he wants with his life. But why is this headline news? Do people really care that much about television personalities coming out of the closet? The answer is uncertain because if people did not care, they would not bother putting the story on the front page.
What does this say about our society? As usual, it says that we are still judgemental and still unwilling to face straight-forward news. We have military troops in Afghanistan, in Libya, and in Syria, and yet, for some odd reason, we are so concerned with Anderson Cooper being a homosexual. Really, I could have gone my entire life without knowing that Anderson Cooper is gay, but evidently, many people out there really wanted to know. I don't mean to be harsh, but get your head out of the garbage can. There is war in this world, there is poverty, there is global warming, and there is deforestation taking our planet captive. If you consider Anderson Cooper's sexual preference as news above these other events, then you really need to get your mind out of the gutter and read some real current events.
Current events are important headlines that people must know to live their lives in a better and more informed fashion. With that definition, I could not even begin to figure out where the "Anderson Cooper is gay" story fits. It is not important, it does not make anyone's life better, nor does it help us live our lives in a more informed fashion. Honestly, we did not even need to know. This is what current events have come to: stories that everybody who reads the media are comfortable with. No harm was done when Anderson Cooper came out of the closet, but people would freak when they see a story that reads, "32 Massacred in Damascus By Rebel Forces." Living a simple life is one thing, but living a life uninformed of real news is just going to leave you blind.
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