I get my daily dose of news from Yahoo!, which usually gives between 28 and 52 articles a day. Since I have a short attention span when I'm online, I tend to only look at the first 12. I can't believe how many of the articles are completely pointless.
For example, when I logged on to Yahoo!, the first four articles included: a report on the crisis in Japan, MLB's Tim Lincecum's fast food order, Randy Moss professing his love for the Patriots, and Jodie Foster defending Mel Gibson. That is our top news of the day.
Digging a little deeper, we find more articles of relevance, but they are few and far between. Of the 40 articles featured at this moment, only 4 deal with Japan while I found 7 that dealt with celebrities, 8 about sports, and a more than a couple that revealed "secrets" of how to look 10 pounds lighter or keep your diet.
I'm not making any of this up, no matter how outrageous it seems we would want to know exactly what Tim Lincecum is ordering when he goes out to eat. Is this really what our culture has decided as news? Do we really want to watch someone like Charlie Sheen completely ruin his life right before our eyes?
I admit, I have fallen into that pit. Only yesterday I read an article that showed exactly who the most eligible princes around the world were (in honor of Will & Kate's wedding). I think Americans like stories that aren't as tramatic as the crisis in Japan. I don't like news that is going to depress me, so I steer more toward these fluffy stories of celebrities and entertainment. This is what we want to read about and what journalists are going to give us.