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America's unhealthy obsession
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Posted 1/25/08 , edited 1/25/08
america, it seems the the first thing that pops up on our screen when we hit our homepage (yahoo) we see what is most important by our society standard.
of course it is quite unsettling knowing that people care more about britney making a statue of herself giving birth than it does about genocide in darfur.
everyday i sit down, i am informed about how a sports team won or a pop star got knocked up, and how even if they did go into world affairs it would be short and brief(the datebook is even bigger than 1 week of the world section)
even when i was young britney was all the news, more so infact that i hadn't even learned about rowanda till i was a sophomore.
to sum this all up it seem that america seems to be more interested in star search or loving new york than it does about ireland civil wars or gene research, which is disheartening(sad!)
my question to you is are you better off in your nice soft surroundings(ignorance)
or would you yourself wish to brave it out in the unmerciful, cruel, and corrupt world of ours(africa is by far the worst, the government seems more interested in making a little extra money that they sell the grains that are shipped to them from the un and ment for the starving people who had a bad harvest, are poor, ect.)?
Posted 1/25/08
I don't live there so....no comments! But im shocked though! After reading what you posted. My country is different.
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Posted 1/25/08
this is the reason that my homepage is simple google and I don't watch tv- I'd rather wait and learn about current events in my social studies class where there is less risk of wasting my time with people that are going to die tragically and foolishly...
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I don't live in america so it's hard for me to judge, but i knew there was that kind of situation, well in my country there is the bit different we have really clearly 2 press one with celebrities and other with political issues etc. so it depends what you look and don't look, but i guess it's same in america too, i hope...
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not sure what you're writing about when you mentioned the selling of the grains, but most government would prefer their population to remain in "ignorance". when the mass remain unaware, then they will more readily agree to whatever the people in charge put on the table. remaining ignorant is by far easier to do than keeping up with issues of social justice. some people care but don't care enough to do something. some people just don't care about any culture other than their own. some people work hard at giving the population all distractions so that they forget the real important issues (ie--focusing on primary debates instead of the u.s. involvements with the war, egypt's cut-off of much needed supplies to gaza, impeachment proceedings concerning cheney...) i guess you can blame it on the system. it's set up to keep people blissfully unaware that their are actual suffering that certainly trumps the latest celebrity drama
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Posted 1/25/08
Yeah, see, America's gay. \:
[No bashing; I live in America.]
Posted 1/25/08
dont really get ur question...
i luv my life, and i rather keep my normal life but definitely not *ignorance* of course ill try to watch what happen around the world and try help out the poors, and ppl in crisis but not volunteering myself to those cruel, corrupt places
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Posted 1/25/08

ookie123456 wrote:

not sure what you're writing about when you mentioned the selling of the grains, but most government would prefer their population to remain in "ignorance". when the mass remain unaware, then they will more readily agree to whatever the people in charge put on the table. remaining ignorant is by far easier to do than keeping up with issues of social justice. some people care but don't care enough to do something. some people just don't care about any culture other than their own. some people work hard at giving the population all distractions so that they forget the real important issues (ie--focusing on primary debates instead of the u.s. involvements with the war, egypt's cut-off of much needed supplies to gaza, impeachment proceedings concerning cheney...) i guess you can blame it on the system. it's set up to keep people blissfully unaware that their are actual suffering that certainly trumps the latest celebrity drama


yeah now that i read it i sounded sortof drunk(guess i sortof did)
didnt really aim for essay just sortof letting out some facts
also when i mentioned the grain selling governments in africa have been notorious for taking food, medical, and clothe aids and selling them on the black market.
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Posted 1/26/08
WEWT! I had a great long post written up involving logic, statistics, and a few other lovely proving points... And then I forgot to log in. So anyway, I'm going to bed because I don't feel like writing all that crap again. In short... We can't save the world from themselves, even if you want us to. Awareness is one thing, action is entirely another. Thoughts are free; its action that requires a check.
Posted 1/27/08
please do not put ALL AMERICANS into one group. not everyone knows wuts going on out there and not many people know wuts happening in celebrity news. don't say we pay attention more to celebrity than out there becuz hell its not our problem ok. i mean i'm sure you other countries don't pay attention to us. but i can't really say that. I have TFC which is a filipino channel and they talk about wuts happening inside their country. they also talk about celebrity news. so you can't just say us americans have an unhealtthy obseesion when you only based it on one source.....yahoo
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Posted 1/27/08
yep the guy above me is right.

with knowledge comes rebellion

To politicans rebellion bad

so theres ignorance
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Posted 1/27/08

Your_Typical_Friend wrote:

please do not put ALL AMERICANS into one group. not everyone knows wuts going on out there and not many people know wuts happening in celebrity news. don't say we pay attention more to celebrity than out there becuz hell its not our problem ok. i mean i'm sure you other countries don't pay attention to us. but i can't really say that. I have TFC which is a filipino channel and they talk about wuts happening inside their country. they also talk about celebrity news. so you can't just say us americans have an unhealtthy obseesion when you only based it on one source.....yahoo

ok.... how about msn, the news, the NEWS PAPPER!!!(for crying out loud! even the first page of the cronicle paided more attention to britney's crouch shot than it did katrina victiems)
than again i suppose all peoplE are like this(EVERY1 NO EXCEPTIONS) since local news is easier to digest than news about why democracy is not accepted everywhaere yet.

ps i really cant change the title anyway ;3



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Posted 1/27/08
i came into this thread thinking it was going to be about the american diet
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Posted 1/27/08
I dislike America (where I, sadly, live). It was built on the blood, sweat and tears of others and most of the population is obsessed with pop icons and the lives of others. BUT when I log onto my computer and my homepage (MSN) pops up, I do see the news and a separate section for entertainment. There are so many things wrong in America that it's take pages of article to get the half of it, so they just high light the most recent issues. I know a good amount about what's going on in the world from reading news articles.

To sum it up, America isn't as ignorant as you think.

(And, most countries don't like/want America's help. By the way, it's spelled Rwanda not Rowanda.)


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Posted 1/27/08
Not everyone is ignorant. My iGoogle page has news feeds for world events and usa-specific events. None of those include celebrity news or whatever though.
I don't think our government has anything do with some of society obsession over Music/Movie/Whatever Stars. I think it has something to do with the general people in America. I don't know what that something is though.

Edit--
I just now saw a commercial on late night TV, and it linked to http://www.channelthechange.com/
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