In his groundbreaking 1985 book “Amusing Ourselves to Death,” Neil Postman warned that our addiction to television and entertainment would warp the way we process information, make value decisions, and interact with each other.
I can only imagine what he’d think of this story: As deadly tornadoes approached Dayton, Ohio, this week, FOX45 meteorologist Jamie Simpson took to the airwaves to warn the populace that their lives were in danger.
Almost immediately, many took to social media to slam him. Why? Because he was pre-empting “The Bachelorette.” Yes, I kid you not.
The tornadoes were coming, they destroyed entire neighborhoods, but hey, “The Bachelorette” was on.
In response, Simpson unleashed a storm of his own. “I’m sick and tired of people complaining about this,” he told his audience. “Our job here is to keep people safe, and that IS what we’re going to do.”
He has since apologized. But if you ask me, no apology was needed.
Amusing ourselves to death, indeed.