I wanted to do journalism because I believed (well, still believe) that it is one of the most powerful tools of changing the world.
The sad truth is that it is just another way of advertising. Most of our news these days is about terrorism, celebrities, sports, rich people and blah blah blah. I don’t care how rich someone is or what celebrities are doing or who is winning what.
But the importance of such crazy mass-following has become ingrained in 99.9% of all people- especially our generation.
Everything around us influences us in subtle ways, but the impression is permanent. All of this fan-following turns us into nothing more than sheep. The more followers the better. And please, just because you got followers on facebook or instagram does not make you a leader; you are simply selling yourselves (which I guess in a way makes you a prosititute).
Yes yes, I know it is easy to hate. But tell me, will your celebrities or sportspersons or rich people save the planet? You might know everything about all the “successful” people you follow (read: STALK) but do you know that back-to-back hurricanes have been battering the Caribbean? Do you know it is because the ocean waters’ temperature is above average? Do you know this is happening because of climate change? Do you care?
This is our Dark Age. You might think you know about alot of things and so much information is at your fingertips, but really, how much of that information is actually of any use?
I know me saying these things will make no difference; I am just another voice of those 0.01% who are shouting in vain to awaken you.
Go ahead and watch that match or that show you can not miss or live without. Until then, let’s hope the planet will figure out how to save itself.
Leo Murasaki Out.