As I finish drinking my morning coffee, I noticed an “urgent” update from CNN. The text of said update appears above.
I don’t know the story and I, frankly, refused to click on the story. It didn’t capture my attention. What did capture my attention was the manner in which the news organization delivered it.
That phrase is one to denote that no one else has this information. Being a former journalist in television news – I can tell you that exclusivity is everything! You want to have the exclusive because it gives you status, prestige, and a bit of an honor on a story.
As I read on through the headline – I see that this “prestige and honor” is being bestowed on…scandalous texts?
Why should we covet getting the “exclusive” on someone’s scandal? Why should anyone care that much to brag?
The answer, in short, is because we have become way too entitled to know these details – the “sexier” and more scandalous the better. Our culture has turned to an outlet of “must have information 24-7” that we thrive on knowing everything…even the mundane.
A media outlet recently “broke the story” that fans of Prince were clamouring because they were not getting information from the authorities and coroner fast enough. They weren’t getting the information fast enough.
So – my vent comes to an end this morning…but I leave you with this:
Parents: teach your children that they can learn more from life by investing in the lives of those around them than they will ever get from learning about others on the world wove web or social media. In fact – teach them that “social media”, while a tool that can be used for good, can often make them anything but social.
Teach them to be responsible with their time.
Teach them that there are greater moments caught with the lens of the eye and the storage of the heart than they will ever capture with a camera to post for amusement.
Teach them that a Bible – a physical Bible – will allow them to become lost in the Word when read instead of reading from an app alone – only to be distracted by pop-ups, notifications, and…”hey…look who got the exclusive on the scandal”….
…and then after we’ve told our kids…
…lets constantly remind ourselves of the same.