Overwhelmed with the Trivial

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, May 06, 2005

Overwhelmed with the Trivial

May 9, 2005

The runaway bride; American Idol and whether judge Paula Abdul had an affair with and gave preferential treatment to one of the contestants; the Michael Jackson trial.

Do you get the feeling we are being overwhelmed with the trivial, the unimportant, the sleezy and the salacious?

“Meaningless, meaningless, all is meaningless,” said Solomon.

He could have been just as well speaking of our age as his own.

That on which we focus, we become.

As one who grew up in the news business when news was much different from what it is now, I am appalled and offended by the junk news to which we devote so much attention.

There are so many more important things happening in the world than the tabloid circus with which we are confronted, especially on cable TV, but increasingly on broadcast television.

I met someone last week who doesn’t own a television.

I told him even though I work in it, I don’t watch it.

Neither should you, read a book, instead.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.


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