Heavenly bodies, gas emissions and Kard-ass-ians


Huffington Post

President Obama and China’s President, Xi Jinping

What happened that week?

The United States and China promised each other to start cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions after President Obama met with President Xi Jinping of China on Nov. 11. This is what the media are calling a “historic agreement” that pushes each country to do good for the environment and hopefully persuade other countries to do the same.

As these two countries are the biggest culprits of emitting carbon pollution, to reach zero-emissions by their goal of 2030 both countries will have to focus on alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power.

Another major news story was the European spacecraft, Rosetta, landing on its target comet on Nov. 12. Rosetta was launched in 2004 and spent 10 years traveling and tracking its target until it finally touched down. Rosetta will spend the next two years exploring and collecting data on the comet.

Its historic landing was even streamed online; unfortunately someone else was busy breaking the Internet.

Leave it to Kim Kardashian to inconveniently take control of the web when history was being made across the world, and out of our atmosphere.

Her full moon outshone the comet.

Thank you, Kim, for showing us not only your assets, but also revealing what our current media and generation focus on.

Her controversial pictures, taken by Jean-Paul Goude, surfaced on Nov. 11, Veterans’ Day, the same day as the historic greenhouse gas agreement between the United States and China.

Internet users didn’t have to look too hard to find images of Kim Kardashian, just by logging onto any social media or tuning into any news program. It felt like Kim’s backside was everywhere. But very little was the mentioned about two major countries trying to cut back on carbon emissions.

When Rosetta landed, more people were focused on Kim’s orbs than the heavenly body in question, the comet. The news sources seemed to be eating it up.

When, exactly, did what the Kardashian’s were doing become news?

When did our society create an entertainment-based news system?

If we, the people, don’t demand substantive news, such as what our president is up to, what is happening in Washington and internationally, what is happening to our environment, to our economy and in the world, where will we be 10 years from now?

Drowning in tabloid clutter claiming to be news?

We need to demand news of substance, not a diet of sleaze.

As consumers, what can we do to raise the level of discourse?

Click, like, share and retweet news stories we actually believe are news worthy.

Someone’s got to, or this degrading trend will only continue, as it has, apparently, for decades.

We shouldn’t have easy access to Kim Kardashian’s backside. We should have better access to executive decisions, to what really matters around the world (and beyond) and to what will really affect our lives.

the Kardashian deformity
the Kardashian deformity
The Rosetta comet
The Rosetta comet