There is a desk in our office on which everyone places baked goods when they extra to share. Or bagels, or pizza, or candies. Anyways, there is usually a stream of goodies placed on this table throughout the week. But for the last few days, there has just been a single, large, brown bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says:
Every year, about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes in the USA
Every year, about 14,000-16,000 die of AIDS in the USA. In 2007, 14,105 grownups and children died from AIDS in the USA ( 14,561 if you count dependent areas).
Why, why are people freaking out about swine-flu? How is 100 people actually more exciting and nerve wracking than the 36,000 people who die every year from the regular flu?
Right now I feel like 90% of media is used for evil instead of good. By evil I mean focused on celebrity-centric topics, minor accidents, gossip, sit-coms, negative portrayals of women, parenting, racial and ethnic stereotypes, etc and are in no way actually trying to inform citizens of pertinent issues that could help transform our society or how we conceive of the world outside of our living room and neighborhood.
Pull it together, people.
Pull it together, Media.