What is it that people want to see in the news?

Is there something wrong with ethics or with what people want to see in the news?  Or with the news producers for entertaining stories that, perhaps, shouldn’t get attention.

So, what do we have this week?  A preacher who says you shouldn’t use Facebook because it can cause infidelity, but this man previously had a “three-some” with his wife and a young male from his congregation.  I participated in a Facebook conversation about this over the weekend where people had comments ranging from offering the man forgiveness because we are all sinners, to people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.  My issue is how much attention should this be given in the news in the first place.

And, how about the “adult actress”, the new politically correct way to say “porn star”, who is suing Charlie Sheen.  Was it because he didn’t pay her for her services for the evening?  That was implied this morning during her interview on a news broadcast.  What really happened in that room?  First, no one will really know the truth, I’m sure.  Second, is it the general public’s business?  This woman is now a celebrity.  How ridiculous.  She’ll probably wind up with a multi-million dollar movie deal. 

How can we celebrate this type of lack of ethics, lack of moral character, and inappropriate behavior?  What is it we’re really looking at here, or looking to see?  I guess it started many years ago with gossip magazines like the National Enquirer and paparazzi where the celebrity scoop was showcased and people were seen at their worst times. 

Do we want to see celebrities fail?  Do we need to feel superior?  Do we need to think we are better than they are?  Or are these celebrities just people who make bad decisions sometimes like many of us do.  Maybe we need to see imperfections so we don’t feel like they are better then us.  But letting people, like the “adult actress” be in the spotlight just can’t be good.  And, you know how things go if you ever read The Tipping Point — more stories like this are sure to follow.

So. . . back to the original question.  What is it that people want to see in the news?  It is sad to know this is it.

Authored by: Doreen Guma

Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC 

Doreen holds a Bachelor of Science in Management, a Masters in Business and Policy Studies, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (a board certified healthcare executive), a Certified Professional Coach and a Certified Life Coach.

Doreen is the founder of Time to Play, a place to find resources for a better life.  She came up with the Time to Play Philosophy that you have to be happy, healthy, have money and a work / life balance to have quality of life, and believes everyone has the right and the ability to enjoy life.

Doreen has worked in healthcare since 1987, 14 years in a hospital and since 2001 in skilled nursing facilities.  She has held positions in administration, as the Director of Quality Improvement, Risk Manager and Director of Medical Records.

In 2005 she and her husband opened D. James Marketing, a healthcare specific consulting firm which assists healthcare organizations with new program generation, quality improvement, staff and client satisfaction, event coordination, coordinating educational symposiums and more to help spread the message about the healthcare servics they provide. The primary goal of D. James Marketing is to educate the community about resources that are available so people may know where to seek help in the event of a health need or a health crisis with a focus on proactive prevention. 

Contact: 631-331-2675

Email: doreen@djamesmarketing.com 

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. chrissy at 11:56 pm

    It is very sad that this appears to be what people are wanting to see, but I think it is the only thing that is really being put in front of us everyday. That is why I think this website is a great place. I think everyday someone needs to hear a great story, something hopeful or happy. How did everyone feel watching the Chilean miners be rescued one by one. I cried everytime another came up just because I was so happy to see that good things can happen. Let’s not keep glorifying these people who are not actors who work hard for their success, but people with low morals looking to make big money. It is not the way life should be. I strive to be a good person and have worked hard to raise my son the same way. I hold out hope that he will see good overcomes evil, and that there is good in everyone; sometimes you just have to look harder to find it.

    So come on Doreen, get us started – tell us about the great teddy bear run this weekend and give us a heart-warming story. :)

    • Doreen Guma Author at 12:12 am

      Thank you so much for your comment. My goal for the timetoplay.com site it to bring some happiness to people. If we all work together, we can absolutely make someone smile instead of being frustrated.

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