There is a detachment in society today. Where in the 1960s people "dropped out" to fight the onslaught of the government and to live a more communal life; people today find solace in "dropping out" in a different way. Today, people surround themselves with gadgets, with computers, mp3 players, MySpace and MTV. There weren't those distractions then. It's interesting because all of this connectivity is done under the premise of bringing people together, when in actuality it's creating a wedge of information between us.
Being a member of the media opened my eyes to just how news is presented to the masses. Not just in our country, but around the world. Sex sells, we all know that. Violence sells. We know that too. But there is something else that sells and that my friends, is human tragedy. We hear more about tragedy than we do triumph in our society. I don't know about you, Deke, but it's enough sometimes to make we turn off the television and drop out myself.
Sure, shedding light on the plight of the homeless is important. But when you shed light on that, then you have to shed light on teen pregnancy, and a rape at a college. And then there are children shooting up our schools. And that is what makes the six o'clock news. Even if it didn't happen in our town or within 100 miles of our town, that is what will lead off the news. And I think it's sad. Is it important to be informed? I say yes. However, too much information can also be a detriment because we become over-saturated with negative and begin to feel like life was meant to be that way when it most absolutely is not.
Sure, people at Woodstock in the 1960s smoked pot, had sex, drank booze. People do all those same things now. But what has changed is a fundamental shift to really not caring. I may be a 30-something, but I can tell you that there is a lack of empathy in the hearts of our children today.