By TheAutomaticMan, 6/28/13
In the era of the 24 hour news cycle, it’s hard not to know what’s happening in the world around us, right? Smart phones are increasingly pervasive, there is a plethora of apps that keep us connected, cable news networks broadcast around the clock, and for those spending lots of time in the car, there’s always the radio.
In the U.S., the NFL is big business. So when any scandal related to the NFL comes to the public forefront, it’s really big news. Take the Aaron Hernandez scandal, for example. An NFL player has been charged with the first-degree murder of an up-and-coming football player, Odin Lloyd.
I don’t pay much attention to sports news unless it relates to the teams I follow, and I’ve never been much of an NFL fan. So when my roommate and a friend of ours were explaining the Hernandez debacle, I was quite shocked. The two were quite knowledgeable of the case being built against Hernandez. Both were able to explain to me in great detail the sequence of events, as reported by ESPN and other news outlets, of the night that Hernandez allegedly murdered Lloyd. With great command of the events, it was explained to me that GPS data from both Hernandez’ and Lloyd’s cell phones had shown both were together at the same time, shell casings had been recovered, and the final text messages between Lloyd and his sister were related to me with time stamps, almost verbatim from the news reports. I was quite impressed with how well-versed my two friends were with this case; both had obviously learned quite a bit about it in such little time.
And then it struck me.
After my friends had finished explaining the Hernandez case to me, I asked them, “So what happened in the Senate today?” Queue the crickets.
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
All I got from them was a couple of blank stares. “Huh?” I told them I was just joking. No need for alarm, go back to sleep, everything is just fine.
I suppose they hadn’t heard that, in other news, the Senate had just passed the Gang of 8 Immigration Reform Bill. An event of great international significance as it pertains greatly to Mexico as well, they had no clue. A bill that, if passed by the House and then signed by President Obama, could greatly impact us financially and socially.
This realization pains me. How could people who are intelligent, thoughtful people not have heard, or not cared, about something so significant? How could they be so painfully oblivious to events that will bear much greater of an impact on their lives than the actions of Aaron Hernandez?
So what does Aaron Hernandez have to do with the Immigration Reform Bill just passed in the Senate, the NSA, or anything else in the news that affects the lives of millions of Americans? Absolutely nothing.
What’s that got to do with the price of tea in China?