The mainstream’s importance to unimportant things

About three months ago, the woman who works as a house cleaner for my household lost her thirty-year-old daughter. My household worker’s name is Lourdes, she’s on her late-fifties and only works at my house during the weekends. On a Monday night, an out-of-the-routine phone call was received. It was Lourdes, who with the shuddered, worryingly voice of a mother who has lost her daughter to the underworld, asked for the help of my family. Apparently, the night before at 3am in the morning, there was a woman in a motorcycle crashed by one of the cities’ luxurious cars. A rather helpless individual took a photograph of the unknown woman and it somehow mutely tracked through various phone users in a way it was received by Lourdes, with the heartbreaking message that it was her daughter in the image. We, as a family, were aghast with such news and parallelized for a thunderstruck. Nonetheless, she claimed she was unsure whether that was her daughter, and needed our help and contacts to find out. Yet, before one started to make phone calls to local hospitals, we had to refer to Lourdes and question her about her daughter’s current lifestyle: where she worked, where she lived, and who were her friends, etc. To our surprise, yet to the less amusing one of the lowest social class of my nation, she did not know; which troubled our CSI-like quest. After multiple phone calls with clueless and emotionless speakers, we uncovered the truth behind the image, which was not shocking; It was her daughter, whom was concluded that at 3 in the morning was tracking through the streets doing “god-knows-like” actions. Given that they had lost all type of communication, Lourdes was unacquainted with these “actions”. She did not even possess her daughter’s phone number. In addition to the attention this news received, it at was at least posted on the Facebook account of a second-rate journalist.

On the other hand, on February 2016, in Riverside, California, a 15-year-old teenager named Joshua Holz was inspired by a magnificent force, his school’s acquaintance’s outfits. Mr. Holz, with the glorious idea of entertaining his media users and encouraging them to find their own style, filmed his buddy’s fashionable clothes and shoes. The videos of a young adolescent, smiling and displaying his ensembles, including his white vans, captivated the eyes of multiple people in their surroundings. In what seemed like a turning of events, these simple videos became a global sensation. They were praised by the mass-media, mentioned in multiple news cast, and in massive entertainment television shows such as “Ellen.” They became so popular, pop-culture even gave them a nickname of their own, “The Damn Daniel guys.”

It appears as if the world is satirizing the ignorance of its individuals. Mass-media has become so fluctuated with irrelevances, that those things that are truly relevant: The progression of mankind, the well-being of its individuals, and the acquisition of cultural knowledge within them, have become disregarded. How come we know that a 16-year-old adolescent, named Alex, works on a Texas Target yet we do not know that there was another moon discovered that also orbits our planet Earth? Most people are unconscious of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize winner, yet they are aware of who “Chewbacca mom” is. The current global media is becoming a parody of its antique-self, and the fact that most people are conscious of this is what is most alarming. They choose to commercialize things of unimportance as a form of ridicule to the seriousness of the world itself.

This may indeed sound hypocritical coming out of my persona, given that I do enjoy observing comical videos on any kind of media. Nevertheless, the extent to which they are promoted, in comparison to other news, still astound me. A laughable video of a baby dancing to a Beyoncé song is rather unusual and worthy of some good thirty-seconds, but a picture of a “pretty person” bagging groceries is not worth the consumption of about fifteen minutes on a television-show. After all, what has this person even achieved in life that such a vast audience find mesmerizing? According to Stephanie Pappas, a life contributor, a study was conducted that concluded that the IQs of individuals have lowered about ten points since the Victorian Era. Perchance, people’s attention towards worthless “posts” is an effect of this, for it is so simple to make “viral” a video of a girl dancing, yet so robust to popularize the story of a young boy in need of help in Venezuela, for instance.

It is of an urge that everyone learns to balance the level of priority they provide to the things in their life and throughout the world.

I should have included a proper introduction for this unusual critique. Nonetheless, in a world were senseless things receive greater attention than those actually worth the incorporation of one’s time, you would have immediately avoided my boring, extensive and dreary introduction to watch videos of the #mannequinchallenge.

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