What do we care about?

What constitutes news, or newsworthiness, in an age where everything is a story, but not everything goes viral?

Lamar Odom’s situation – cocaine and prostitution – is trending on Facebook right now. It’s plastered all over my feed. And after capturing this juxtaposition, when I went back to find the Al Jazeera article, it was gone, replaced with more pressing news and status updates. 

It’s not fair, and it’s not nice. But this is how things go, at this point in time. It’s a harmless juxtaposition. In fact it probably serves more good than harm: having two stories so plainly, bluntly, unassumingly placed side by side, can make a pretty powerful point.

I’ve read both stories now, and I can’t say I regret that. It gives me some ground to stand on when I say how disappointing the world is sometimes, that residential schools and the “third-world” deaths of children, who died from emaciation, have got nothing on a big basketball star who was found comatose in a brothel on some sort of sex-and-drugs holiday. I mean, you either get it, or you don’t.

You can click the image to the left for a link to some news. It only links to one of the stories, and I’m sure you can guess which one.


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