Sheen 'wins' prize for media sheepherder
Hold the presses! Someone has outshined the Biebs.
It’s not another teen idol, natural disaster or foreign uprising against tyranny that’s making headlines, though.
According to the New York Times, the Obama administration made the decision to continue to hold detainees who have not been charged at Guantanamo Bay. According to CNN, lava is spewing out from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano due to a crater that collapsed. According to TIME, Skippy peanut butter is being recalled due to salmonella.
No, the presses, as well as Twitter and Facebook feeds, have been filled with quotes and clips from he who once was – and now probably will always be – the infamous Charlie Sheen.
Apparently Sheen is “winning” over audiences – and according to him, life – with all of his own personal troubles that he has decided to let the world in on.
Watching a man go on live television to pee in a cup has stolen the spotlight from critical world events.
Are we really that desensitized to what is going on around us that this is what’s going to make us perk up and pay attention?
Yes, the clips of Sheen going on rants and raves of, well, whatever seems to come into his mind, are quite entertaining to fill five to 35-minute segments of television. However, people have forgotten that this is a person who is making an ass out of himself on television, not a character who is acting out a cleverly written script.
No matter: Americans love a good train wreck.
According to Neilsen ratings, Dateline “averaged a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating from 9-11 p.m., up 29 percent from last week and from 10-11 p.m. averaged a 2.1 rating with adults 18-49. Dateline was boosted at 10 p.m. by more Charlie Sheen.”
This man’s life is on a downward spiral, and what do we do?
We turn on our televisions. We repost things on Facebook and Twitter.
We tune in to this form of “entertainment.”
It’s as if it’s not a man’s life anymore – it’s just mindless content.