We Know Everything about the Kardashians, and Nothing of what is About to Kill Us

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 14th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3c0g1vzo/
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The American media feeds us every last detail about the lives of celebrities like the Kardashians, but it fails to tell us anything about what really matters.

The media loves the Kardashians

Ocean acidification is the process by which carbon emissions settle upon the waters of the seven seas which results in a rapid altering of the chemistry of the world's oceans. If unchecked, this acidification could wipe out all the world's coral reefs within this century and render huge sections of the world's oceans completely lifeless. One would think that this would be front page news in the New York Times and the Washington Post, but the media seems to be far more interested these days in spreading celebrity gossip.

Kardashian coverage compared to coverage of ocean acidification

A new report issued by Media Matters reports that "American news outlets have covered the Kardashians over forty times more than ocean acidification over the past year-and-a-half." Four out of five Americans say, according to a survey taken by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, that they have never heard or read about ocean acidification, but four out of five Americans say they are very familiar with the Kardashian sisters.The chart above lays it out very graphically.

A crumbling empire always has a vested interest in distracting the populace with faux news in order to prevent people from knowing what is really affecting their lives.

Photos from huffingtonpost.com

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Acidification, Columns, Ecology, Environment, Environmentalism, Kardashians, Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashiashian, Mother Nature, Nature, Ocean Acidification, Opinion, Steve Kinsman, Writing

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Ramalingam
14th Jul 2012 (#)

What really matters to these media is to have more readership and to increase their earnings.Hence, whether it be US or India, important news gets very little coverage.A few Indian national dailies such as 'the Hindu' are exceptions.Thanks for sharing your concern.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Jul 2012 (#)

You have to dig to find the news that matters. Fortunately, we have the internet, but most people don't have the time, the energy or the curiosity to dig for it. Thanks for commenting Ramalingam. I appreciate it.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
14th Jul 2012 (#)

First things first, Steve, I agree with you about the importance of the lack of awareness of the ocean acidification process. At the same time I want to point out that the nightly news on TV is just like any other TV show. Whether a TV news show succeeds or fails, whether a newscaster becomes a household name, all depends on viewer numbers. Viewer numbers is what sells products advertised in the commercials. The higher the viewer numbers, the higher the TV News Shows ratings, the more advertising dollars the show brings in, the better the networks like it. Therefore, in the end, it is the people who watch the show that determine where they place the emphasis on importance. It is a sad note, Steve, but most people today like to escape the realities of their own lives by living vicariously through others, which is one of the reasons celebrities get so much face time on TV news shows.

Have a great weekend, my friend.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Jul 2012 (#)

I totally agree with all you write here Jerry. I seem to remember, though, that back in the days of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley and Uncle Walter Cronkite the news was a bit more real news. Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
14th Jul 2012 (#)

Yes, Steve, there was a time when the TV news programs really focused on the news and a great deal less on entertainment. The viewers were different in those days. The viewers back in the day demanded honest news reporting because they wanted to know what was going on in their community and in the world. Today, far too many people are like a mutual "friend" of ours, they would rather be like the Ostrich and hide their heads in the sand to escape having to face reality.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jul 2012 (#)

Jerry has hit the nail on the head. Media has become cut-throat business; each outwitting the other for news scoops that snare people's attention. Those like ocean acidification attract little attention mired as we are in our own woes, mostly self-inflicted. As I always lament, we seem to be on a one way street to ruin, sadly. Thanks for the highlight, Steve - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Jul 2012 (#)

Yes, Jerry has hit the nail on the head. Thank you for your comment Siva.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Jul 2012 (#)

so very true what you write Steve as always...nowadays people seem only to care about boobs and.....they have no idea of what is really going on because the media want to make money or maybe are too frightened to write the truth...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Jul 2012 (#)

Good points. Thank you cnwriter.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Jul 2012 (#)

thank you Steve for helping bring this site to life and waving the flag of liberty..you are a treasured One here at wikinut...LL, cx

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Jul 2012 (#)

You are too, too kind my dear. Thank you.

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author avatar Retired
14th Jul 2012 (#)

Cracking piece Steve! And that settles it. I've been wrestling with my better judgement in recent months over whether to post a piece that's not a million miles away from this expose. Thanks in advance for the theoretical "go".

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Jul 2012 (#)

Hey, Lewis, thank you. Great to hear from you. Looking forward to reading your writing.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
23rd Jul 2012 (#)

The media is all focused on money. All that matters is views and rating, what a pity.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Jul 2012 (#)

On money, and on keeping us uninformed so we don't rock the boat. Thank you for your comment deepa. I appreciate it.

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