I’ll admit it, I’m as much of a Mail Online junkie as the next person. That half an hour of scrolling the website over lunch lets me indulge in celeb news, gossip and the latest TV shows. It also gives me endless screenshots to send to friends and things to discuss with my housemates.
In fact, 53,000,000 unique users a month read Mail Online and it’s classed as the most read British newspaper website. But sometimes, I have to admit, I find myself thinking ‘what am I reading?’
‘News’ is typically described as ‘newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent events’ – does the Kardashian’s latest controversy, where someone has gone on holiday or what a celeb baby is wearing count as news? I’m going to say no.
I can’t help but think how these stories are influencing the millions of people who read them, particularly young people. I am happy to admit I read these, but I also read hard-hitting, breaking news and topical features which I feel add some benefit to my life. (This balances the guilty pleasure of mind-numbing celeb news.)
But are these non-stories becoming the new way we consume news and keep up with current affairs and world events? Do people even read proper news now, or resort just to celeb gossip? For whatever reason, we are a nation addicted to this kind of ‘news’.
Am I ashamed I clicked on this story about what a baby is wearing? No. But I do worry about where news like this is heading, and the impact it will have on society.
There is nothing wrong with joining millions of others reading about Taylor Swift visiting her mother, Peter Andre’s wife going shopping or Victoria Beckham wearing a shirtdress (to name a few) but please cast your eyes to the other side of the web page and also read about the Cyber Geek who helped stop the cyber-attack, Ian Brady dying and the general election – it's important for all of us.
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