You might think that, on the afternoon that the G8 announced that its members have reached a compromise deal on climate control, that this would be the most accessed story on news sites today. But no.
Judging by the number of hits alone, all anyone seems to actually be interested in is the early release of Paris Hilton from Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, California. To save you from having to read it, she’s been allowed out on unspecified medical grounds, and will be under house arrest for the next 40 days and unable to go to any parties (possibly worse than jail for the socialite, I suspect). She’ll also have to wear an electronic tag. Hardly world shattering.
How is it that the tacky doings of a pampered princess are more important than things that affect the whole planet? What is it that makes us so fascinated with micro celebrities or, worse yet, the wannabes currently in the Big Brother house (the subject of another story today which pushed ‘real’ news off the ratings)?
The lines between entertainment and news have become increasingly blurred and the BBC in particular has come under fire lately for dumbing down its coverage. It seems that only young faces are suitable for giving us our daily news feed?most recently expressed by the pushing aside of the highly experienced and universally admired Moira Stewart?in an increasing trend toward news being presented by American-style ‘news anchors’ instead of journalists. Ironically, the corporation’s rivals have been quick recognise that Miss Stewart will be an asset to them and have begun to make approaches (helped no doubt by her triumphant hosting of Have I Got News For You? last week).
What the two most read news stories this afternoon have in common is that they’re about things that nobody seems to like and that have had too much money thrown at them?Paris Hilton and the 2012 Olympic logo. Let’s get rid of both of them.