We are living in a culture where entertainment is sought after like bars of gold. We so hunger for that fresh entertainment fix that we will even watch random nobodies on YouTube making an attempt to entertain, click after click. Most of the time they miss the mark. But when they hit that mark we pass it onto ten friends. Then we search for more. That's mind blowing!
David Lehre (who?) he made the "MySpace Movie" and now he's been picked up by FOX to make a TV show. Even 20/20 covered the story on David Lehre. Some of these vehicles of modern entertainment have had hundreds of thousands, even millions of hits. That's an insatiable hunger and a powerful message about our culture.
We are living in an era of information overload. Just check out Digg.com a few times a day and watch manic members posting news stories by the minute. It's obscene and obsessive all at once. Everything on Digg is submitted by the community. After you submit content, other people read your submission and Digg what they like best. Wow! It's a battle of the geeks for submission domination. There is also Delicious a social book-marking site where you can find the hottest bookmarks. I need that? Where is that beautiful golden thing called silence? Where is our time for quiet reflection? That perfect sunset. Where is that moment when... Wait a minute I gotta see this. Exactly!
On the other swing of the pendulum, so much time is spent on the web lost in mindless pockets of nothing-at-all. Just scrolling and scanning and clicking on links and lagging. Time is spent on a quest for answers, directions or simply shopping for more things to buy. Things to buy that will entertain us. Or just shopping on-line as a form of entertainment. Is this time well spent?
Kurt Cobain summed it up perfectly in his lyrics from "Smells Like Teen Spirit". "I feel stupid and contagious, here we are now entertain us." Too bad Kurt did not stick around long enough to see his words come to life in such a real and magnified way in our contagious, entertainment obsessed culture. STOP! Now click this link to return to the entertainment portion of this program. Exactly!