(Watch before you read)
There is finally a new television show that will smack you in the face by questioning your intellect while keeping you on the edge of your seat... for a complete 60 minutes. We all fall victim of reality television or garbage sitcoms that do nothing to stimulate our minds. They make us feel better about ourselves. Shows such as Teen Mom and Jersey Shore simply remind us that our lives aren't so bad. That we made it out of high school without buying diapers and that we can actually handle our alcohol.
HBO's brand new T.V. series, The Newsroom will do the exact opposite. You will question your contributions to the world and just how educated you truly are. The show will bring attention to some of today's real life political, economical, and environmental issues. The Newsroom isn't afraid to step on toes or question society. As you can see from the video, they aren't even afraid to say America is no longer the greatest country in the world... something I think we all need to hear. And something we need to hear from the faces we should trust the most. The people who used to carry so much respect. It brings accountability back into journalism.
This video, along with The Newsroom shines a new light and introduces new accountability to our generation. Many of my peers say they don't pay attention to politics because they either don't care or they feel their voice doesn't make a difference. The "don't cares" don't stop at politics. They are attached to education, environment, health care, and even the right to vote. Issues that our ancestors fought and died for.
Many of the reasons our country has fallen behind are due to our perception of what's important. Take a look at your DVR list. We love to watch television for entertainment. But how many shows on your DVR actually make you think or leave room for debate? If you can't find one, do yourself a favor and add The Newsroom to your list.
If watching real credible news is unbearable, at least do something to introduce yourself to appealing issues through informing television. Ignorance is a choice. America was founded on the idea that we can always do better. That we can always improve. That our tomorrow should be better than our yesterday. I can't say this is currently true for the Red, White and Blue. We have become complacent at the top. We have become lazy and negligent. We are unaccountable and arrogant. We are no longer the head of the class. We are average.
The pressure to again introduce ourselves as "The Greatest Country in the World" rests solely on our shoulders. But first we must swallow our pride and admit to slipping. We shouldn't feel ashamed by doing so. We should only feel ashamed if we do nothing as individuals to reattain it as a group. America is one hell of a country. But if we don't take advantage of the opportunities that are in front of us, how can we expect to live up to our full potential?