Opening Snapchat, the bombardment of random Discover articles is inevitable. Even if you just want to see your friends’ Snap Stories, People and Buzzfeed articles are prominently displayed as well. These articles, love them or hate them, convey much about our current societal inclinations. “How to Wake Up Without Coffee,” “How to Channel Your Inner Ariana,” and “The Ultimate iMessage Guide” were just some of the articles displayed on Oct 3. That day, articles about Kim Kardashian’s robbery also abounded across social media; “Kim Flees Paris,” “Where was the bodyguard?” and “Kim Kardashian Robbery: Everything We Know” were the day’s main news focuses.
Kim’s concerned fans took to Twitter and Instagram to voice their concern for their idol’s safety, while others were quick to condemn and jest about the ordeal. Jokes ranged from saying calling it all a publicity stunt or hoax to claiming disbelief of the reports since Kim did not document the robbery on her social media accounts. Others put Kim up on a pedestal, hailing her as brave and incredibly strong for making it through the event.
It was truly unfortunate. I cannot imagine having someone rob me at gunpoint; I hope that I never can. That being said, though, this ordeal must be a wakeup call for us in a different sense. People have guns pointed at them every day, but we don’t hear about all of those events. Perhaps no shots were fired, or no high-profile celebrities were involved in the altercation. Or maybe our culture and society just do not care enough to notice.
It has been seen again and again; not until someone rich and famous finds themselves scared or wronged do people begin to care or take note. Due to their prominence within our society, celebrities can use their fame as a platform for advocacy. I am certainly not suggesting that all affection for them is wrong and unfounded, but we simply cannot let them become our only priorities or concerns.
When was the last time a prominent news source covered a robbery that took place in a middle-income neighborhood suburbia? When robberies occur in a low-income residential area such as in the projects of Baltimore City, it is even less likely that the media will cover it. These crimes are overlooked as nothing more than another statistic. Are we saying that they don’t matter, and that only crimes committed against celebrities are worth our time?
I find it difficult to believe one would outright say that such crimes are meaningless or forgotten. Many are quick to claim it is not their fault that the media chooses not to portray such events, yet that is precisely the opposite of what I believe. It is the fault of every individual person in some way or another. Becoming blinded to the seemingly less-prominent things in society would not be so common if everyone were to think or act differently in some small way. Perhaps that could mean refraining from checking out People Mag’s Snapchat for a day, or instead reading about more hard news problems facing our country and the world.
One thing is clear, however. We as a generation must change our priorities, unless we want to continue being referred to as the narcissistic “selfie-generation.” So many things are going on in the world – if we were ever to stop being caught up in nothing more than ourselves or celebrities we might actually be able to engage in some sort of conscious effort towards changing our world for the better.