Wednesday, September 06, 2006

It's a baby, not a money-making media machine!

Okay, you have to admit that is one pretty baby! Suri is real, and she is adorable . . . now, do you think the media will finally stop all the speculation? (Nah, there's too much money to be made with the baby . . . and she's not even six months old!)

I don't know about you, but lately it seems the media has gotten caught up in the craziest things. Instead of following the system of "innocent until proven guilty," the media blares out rumors and are allowed to do so until the rumors are proven false. Hmmm . . . that sounds a little like high school, don't you think?

I remember those days. People talking mainly to create a buzz instead of considering other people's feelings. I've been guilty of the same thing in my life (and for the record, I'm a few years beyond high school!). It's so fun to be the first to share a juicy bit of gossip, but usually I feel bad afterward. (Very bad.)

The Bible talks about this, James 3:3-5 says, "A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything--or destroy it!" (The Message).

In the case of baby Suri, I'm glad to know she's healthy and loved. In the case of rumors in my own life . . . I'm really going to stop and consider what I say before I say it. A rumor is a rumor whether there's money to be made, or simply a desire to share the latest buzzzzzzz.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Even more frightening for me is the frenzy that surrounds celebrities like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Response to their relationship and the birth of their daughter reaches nearly hysterical heights some days.

Sometimes I want to look at people in the check out line who pick up and read those gossip rags and remind them, "They're ENTERTAINERS. Stop behaving as if they have done anything worthy of the worship directed at them."

Erin Valentine