America, mind your own business - Shannon Jenkins

It's time America gets a hobby. Or if nothing else, we should mind our own blooming business.

Do we honestly care about the personal relationships of all the Jennifers in the world? How does Aniston's failed marriage affect us? Is it necessary for us to know all the details of Lopez's life. And, honest to God, if I see one more Wilbanks "Runaway Bride" headline I will vomit. I could care less.

Some things we just don't need to know about. And, sure, the media has a large role in this. With all the news deserving of the spotlight, we get to hear all about a former "American Idol" contestant who claims he slept with Paula Abdul. The list of useless news goes on and on.

But don't place all the blame on the media. Oh no. Journalists wouldn't dish it out if we weren't all so willing to eat it up. Read a book. Go to a play. Watch "Desperate Housewives" or "Leave it to Beaver." Clip your toenails, for all I care. Just find something better to do.

We're a society obsessed with scandals and petty details. It seems we delight in others' misfortunes. Just the other week, CNN news anchors broadcast to the world some poor girl's unsuccessful attempt to sing the national anthem at a hockey game. She fumbled over the words and apparently slipped on the ice. Is this news? Does her embarrassing moment deserve America's attention? I think not.

Do we focus on others because it's easier to stick our noses in their business rather than deal with our own? I can assure you it doesn't make me feel any better about my problems by wallowing in the misfortunes of others. Whether Jennifer Wilbanks gets married or not, I still have to pray every day my car will make it to work.

And will knowing the minuscule details of celebrities' lives in any way have some significant impact on ours? If President Bush only eats green Jell-O and howls at the moon, I just don't care. As long as he makes some attempt to run this country, and I have Social Security when I'm 100, then I'm good.

Shannon Jenkins is the education reporter for the Daily Herald. He can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or sjenkins@henryherald.com .