The Royal Wedding, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars And 7 Other Ways That The American People Are Being Distracted From Our Real Problems

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Have you caught “royal wedding fever” yet?  The union of Prince William and Kate Middleton is already being called “the wedding of the century” and it will almost certainly be the most watched event in the entire world this year.  The mainstream media is spending endless hours covering every conceivable angle of this wedding.  With all of the hype surrounding this wedding, you would almost be tempted to think that America has now officially adopted British royalty as our own.  Worship and adoration of the royal family is at a fever pitch in the United States right now, which is kind of ironic considering the fact that we fought two wars against the tyranny of that monarchy.  If only George Washington and the boys could see us now.  Sadly, the American people love to be entertained and they are very easily distracted from the very real problems facing this nation.  In past years, celebrities such as OJ Simpson, Anna Nicole Smith, Michael Jackson and Britney Spears dominated the news.  Today Americans are distracted by the royal wedding, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.  In our entertainment-addicted society, the time for average Americans to set aside the distractions and focus on real issues never seems to come.


During the decline of ancient Rome, average citizens were kept occupied with “bread and circuses”.  Today, we are kept occupied with a dizzying array of entertainment options.  Millions of Americans have become so addicted to entertainment that they literally cannot stand to be alone in their homes without some form of entertainment going on in the background.

Amazingly, the average American now watches 34 hours of television a week.  That doesn’t even count all of the hours that we spend watching DVDs or going to the movies.

When most of us get into our vehicles we immediately turn on the radio or put on a CD.  Artists such as Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are national heroes.

In the United States today, 88 percent of all children between the ages of 8 and 18 play video games.  Millions of them spend so many hours playing video games that they have developed very serious health and social problems.

On top of everything else, tens of millions of Americans are absolutely addicted to the Internet.  It has gotten so bad that “Internet addiction recovery programs” have started popping up all over the United States.

We love to be entertained.  We love to be distracted.  We love to have fun.

Unfortunately, what most of us don’t like is to focus on real issues.

The following are some of the ways that the American people are currently being distracted….

#1 The Royal Wedding – It is being projected that a whopping 2 billion people around the globe will watch the royal wedding.  Women all over the globe are breathlessly anticipating that first glimpse of Kate Middleton’s dress.  Isn’t she just lovely?  Don’t they make such a charming couple?  For many Americans, this will be the most important event of the year.

Meanwhile, the U.S. economy continues to bleed jobs at an absolutely astounding pace.  Millions of good jobs are being sent overseas and unemployment in the United States is rampant.  In fact, the United States has lost an average of 50,000 manufacturing jobs per month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

As a result of these ongoing changes, the U.S. economy will very soon no longer be the biggest economy in the world.  Ten years ago, the U.S. economy was three times as large as the Chinese economy, but now China will pass the United States and will become the largest economy in the world in 2016 according to the IMF.

#2 American Idol – Who is going to win American Idol this year?  Will it be country singer Scotty McCreery?  Will it be rocker James Durbin?  Will the southern charm of Lauren Alaina take her over the top?  It has been a wonderful year for American Idol and the American people can’t seem to get enough of this new crop of stars.

Meanwhile, the average American family is really struggling to deal with soaring costs for food and gas.  In a recent survey conducted by Deloitte Consulting, 74 percent of Americans said that they planned to slow down their spending in coming months due to rising prices.

#3 Dancing With The Stars – Chris Jericho got eliminated from Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday night.  He certainly gave it his best shot.  Let’s have a moment of silence as we remember his journey on the show.

Meanwhile, the U.S. housing crisis just continues to get worse.  Home prices continue to fall with no end in sight.  There just are not many qualified buyers out there right now.  During the first three months of this year, less new homes were sold in the U.S. than in any three month period ever recorded.

#4 Justin Bieber – Did you know that you can get a Justin Bieber singing toothbrush now?  It’s true!  Now you can have Justin Bieber with you even while you are brushing your teeth.  Did you also know that Justin Bieber was just named one of the top 100 most influential people by Time Magazine?  Life is really sweet right now if you are Justin Bieber.

Meanwhile, as the U.S. economy declines some of our greatest cities are being transformed into hellholes.  In the city of Detroit today, there are over 33,000 abandoned houses, 70 schools are being permanently closed down, the mayor wants to bulldoze one-fourth of the city and you can literally buy a house for one dollar in the worst areas.

All over the nation social services are being cut back and teachers are being fired.  Just this week, authorities in Philadelphia announced that 3,820 school employees will likely be laid off.  That number includes 12 percent of all the public school teachers in Philadelphia.  Other areas of the country are making much deeper cuts.

#5 The NFL Draft – The NFL Draft is this weekend!  Will Cam Newton be the number one overall pick?  Will the Denver Broncos trade the second pick?  Will Mel Kiper lose his temper and start yelling at the camera again?  If you love the NFL, this is a great weekend for you.

Meanwhile, the U.S. health care industry has become a giant money making scam.  The chairman of Aetna, the third largest health insurance company in the United States, brought in a staggering $68.7 million during 2010. Ron Williams exercised stock options that were worth approximately $50.3 million and he raked in an additional $18.4 million in wages and other forms of compensation.  The funny thing is that he left the company and didn’t even work the whole year.

While corporate fatcats are raking in massive amounts of money, average Americans are having a very hard time dealing with healthcare costs.  One study found that approximately 41 percent of working age Americans either have medical bill problems or are currently paying off medical debt.  Obamacare is not going to help this one bit.

#6 The Sony PlayStation Crisis – For millions of video game addicts, the biggest news in the world right now is that Sony’s PlayStation Network has been down for 11 straight days.  According to Reuters, it might cost credit card companies somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 million dollars to replace all of the credit cards that were compromised.  Many video game addicts have been traumatized as they have been forced to step away from their consoles long enough to rediscover the “real world”.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military is involved in three wars in the Middle East with no end in sight.  It is becoming extremely expensive for us to continue to be the police of the world.  The United States already accounts for 46.5% of all military spending on the globe.  China is next with only 6.6%.

#7 Lady Gaga – Lady Gaga made headlines all over the world recently when she released a song entitled “Judas” just before the recent holidays.  In the song, the phrase “I love Judas” is repeated over and over and over.  Lady Gaga also says that Judas is the “demon she clings to” in the song.  But instead of this resulting in national outrage, Lady Gaga has more fans than ever and she is considered a national hero.

Meanwhile, the Japanese nuclear crisis continues to get worse and the Japanese economy is showing signs of seriously falling apart. Radiation levels at Fukushima have now risen to the highest levels yet recorded.  Some scientists are even concerned that significant areas of northern Japan could end up uninhabitable as a result of this crisis.  At the same time, Standard and Poor’s is warning that the cost of rebuilding Japan could hit 50 trillion yen.  They have also downgraded the outlook for Japanese government debt from “stable” to “negative”.

#8 Michael Scott Leaves The Office – Are you going to watch Steve Carell’s final episode of The Office tonight?  I sure will be.  The Office is one of the last great television comedies.  It is going to be the end of an era.  Television will never be the same again.

Meanwhile, the student loan debt bubble just continues to get worse by the day.  The cost of college tuition in the United States has gone up by over 900 percent since 1978.  The total amount of student loan debt in the United States is rapidly closing in on a trillion dollars, and millions upon millions of young Americans are being absolutely crushed by devastating debt loads.

#9 The New Harry Potter Movie – Are all of you Harry Potter fans getting excited?  A new trailer and some new photos from the upcoming film have been released.  Thanks to the Harry Potter franchise, we have millions of young boys and girls that love to pretend to be witches and wizards.  More young people than ever are fascinated by “magic” and interest in witchcraft in the United States has never been higher.

Meanwhile, U.S. government debt has soared well past 14 trillion dollars and the U.S. dollar is dying.  Standard & Poor’s has altered its outlook on U.S. government debt from “stable” to “negative” and is warning that the U.S. could soon lose its AAA rating.  Millions of our young people can tell you all about Harry Potter, but very few of those same young people are able to adequately describe what the Federal Reserve is or how money is created in this country.

#10 Facebook – Today, Facebook has over 500 million users.  It has become a worldwide phenomenon.  Tens of millions of Americans are totally addicted.  One study conducted by Oxygen Media and Lightspeed Research found that 39% of American adults are self-described “Facebook addicts” and that one-third of all women between the ages of 18 and 34 “check Facebook first thing in the morning, even before brushing their teeth or going to the bathroom.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. is becoming more of a “Big Brother police state” every single day.  At one public school in the Chicago area, children have been banned from bringing their lunches from home.  A former Miss America was recently reduced to tears after her private areas were repeatedly touched during one of the new “enhanced pat-downs” that the Obama administration has implemented at U.S. airports.  The sad truth is that we are no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave.

When will the American people overcome their addiction to entertainment and wake up to the horrible things that are going on all around us?

  • Momma G

    You forgot to mention Thor is coming out May 6th. :-)

    In all seriousness though, you are so very right. We are distracted beyond belief. Sometimes I understand why people bury their head in the sand. It physically hurts my body when I think too much about the economy, how am I going to feed our family, what about my friend who has diabetes (and the SHTF), will my husband lose his job soon, what if we can’t get out of debt, etc, etc, etc. Sometimes it helps to put a movie in and cuddle up with the children and forget it all for a couple hours.

  • Gary2

    Michael-you are spot on on this article. Believe it or not I do not think even taxing the rich would fix the fools who watch all this garbage.

    I am guessing these same dolts are the ones who vote republican as they sit in their double wides.

    I am upset that the media is so lame in the USA.

    • Admin

      Thanks for the compliment Gary

  • El Pollo de Oro

    So, I’m chatting with an older lady in my Philadelphia neighborhood, and she’s bummed out because her favorite soap operas, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” have been canceled. Why are daytime soaps a dying breed, she wants to know? And I explain to her that in 2011, people have a much wider variety of mind-numbing schlock entertainment to choose from: reality shows, celebrity gossip nonsense, you name it. So daytime soaps are going the way of 78s and eight-track tapes. Bye bye, Erica Kane…..hello Snookie.

    OK, I realize that Americans need to decompress. I get that. I have my soccer games and my salsa CDs and my Scorsese DVDs. But so many Americans care more about Snookie’s misadventures than they do about the fact that The Banana Republic of America (BRA) is crumbling and falling apart on so many levels. And make no mistake: the BRA is an absolute basketcase. The Roman Empire has fallen, and the former USA is now a Third World banana republic. Anyone who is optimistic about the future of this Third World horror movie is delusional. These are truly dark times we’re living in.

    We’re screwed.

  • mondobeyondo

    Personally, I don’t really care about the royal wedding. I was not on William and Kate’s guest list, and I wasn’t invited to the reception, so…

    If soon-to-be-Princess Kate ever knocks on my door asking for sugar to bake a cake, then yes, maybe I would care.

    Oh yes, I want a Justin Bieber pillow and pajama set too! So I can sleep with him every single night… oops, getting a bit too risque here, better stop! *sigh* At least the Beatles had actual talent. (Ouch!!)

    You should check out the number of views Lady Gaga’s videos have on YouTube. It is amazing. She is a bona fide superstar. Not much talent, but hey, this is the YouTube age!

    I’m practicing singing “Baby, baby baby” while I’m showering. Should be a hit recording any time now. One word, repeated endlessly. Guaranteed to be a blockbuster!

    Oops, forgot the word “ohhhh”.

  • mondobeyondo

    Re: #10 Facebook

    “…one-third of all women between the ages of 18 and 34 “check Facebook first thing in the morning, even before brushing their teeth or going to the bathroom.”

    Oh dear. Things are worse than I thought.

  • emma

    yes you gotta love it. Britney spears upskirts american idol and this wedding. Why do not people see and fear the worst. IT IS COMING.

    Alot of people think we are doomed, but there are still great ways to make money. Even while the economy is collapsing around us.

    I subscribe to the guy from australia and his FFT economic newsletter at that guy has called many big events before they have happend, including the stock market crash in 2008 and the current financial collapse of the US. (currently happening) I found him from a friend last year, and he has some important work.

    His oil calls are insane, and I have been making good money with them. He is well worth a look, if you want to keep two steps ahead of the sheeple out there.

    I am worried about my financial future. Is anyone else nervous out there?

  • Terry

    As long as we have our priorities straight.

  • William

    The core reason that America is dying is that the TRUTH is obscured in a very deliberate and controlled manipulation of the media by a distinct group of individuals whose goal is total spectrum dominance of the USA. A prime example is the attacks on America on 911.

  • VegasBob

    One would think that Americans would be marching in the streets after all the government lies and media propaganda about this phony non-existent economic ‘recovery.’

    The ‘recovery’ is a mirage. The latest Gallup poll shows that 55% of Americans believe the economy is in a recession or depression. The people don’t believe the propaganda. They know that skyrocketing food and gasoline prices are destroying what’s left of working class America.

    So far, their attention has been successfully diverted away from Bernanke’s money-printing, which is causing the food and energy inflation. What lies are Bernanke and Obama going to tell us when gasoline is $6 a gallon?

    Perhaps without government social welfare benefits, the sorry state of the US economy would arouse the sheeple who watch Dancing With the Stars every week.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    There is a process in human behavior called Cognitive Dissidence. In a nutshell it means the closer you are to a disaster you are the more you’re likely to ignore it. If you have ever seen the 1983 movie The Day After, there is a part of the move when the ICBMs are in the air and the farmers wife is getting ready for her daughters wedding. That part of the movie is an excellent example of Cognitive Dissidence.

    Most people since in 2008 are aware to various degrees something bad is going on. The level of foreclosures has not gone down, house prices have dropped. Unemployment has not gone down, and the Government is lying about the inflation numbers, and the numbers of unemployed. It’s much easier to get excited about the Royal Wedding, American Idol and other fluffy distractions. It may seem overwhelming to some people to get ready get extra food water a filer, make a plan to survive. It easier to get excited about Kate’s dress, or load up on antidepressants and sit around feeling sorry for your self than to take action.

  • Guido

    Yeah, it’s absolutely true. This nation is full of idiots who know absolutely nothing about the world around them beyond what they see on TV.

    I don’t know why this wedding matters. I don’t even know why monarchy exists in the 21st century. Thankfully, it seems so many idiots were watching the wedding, rush hour this morning was extremely light.

    I think we’re all getting dumber, too. The stuff that passes for entertainment today, and the way people suck it up unquestioningly is astonishing. It’s like Idiocracy come to life. Even the nature of the entertainment is getting simpler. Tune into the History channel, which is ostensibly concerned with history-all their programming is reality shows. Reality shows are the simplest, dumbest entertainment. Who cares to watch people argue with each other? If I wanted reality, I wouldn’t be watching TV in the first place. I find the Adult Swim lineup actually SMARTER than most network TV.

    And things are getting nastier, too.

    Anyone notice these “freakouts” at McDonalds and child gangs mobbing adults in PA and elsewhere? People are snapping. I think the pressurecooker is starting to bubble over. I’ve heard predictions that this summer will be a summer of rage. I think things are going to be pretty nasty as the heat climbs.

    If you read John Taylor Gatto, he states up front the Dept. of Education purposely set out to dumb down education so that your average student would be educated enough to be someone else’s employee. The leading thinkers of our nation decided we didn’t need Americans who could engage in critical thinking. You can see the results of this dumbed-down population all around you.

    60 years ago, the most popular occupations were engineering ones. Scientists were considered great men. Math was important. Chemistry would offer all the solutions.

    These days? I remember seeing a survey 15 years ago where %75 of Russian schoolgirls stated they wanted to grow up to be prostitutes. I figure the average kid today can aspire to be famous on facebook or youtube, maybe a reality show star. Science, math, and critical thinking, on the other hand, are forgotten skills. We have to import smart foreigners to do that stuff.

    It seems like we offer education to people, but steer them to idiocy. The only ones who are really going to get smart and make it are the ones who can fight or outsmart this loaded system. The powers that be seem to be presiding over the creation of a 2-tier system where a mass of stupid, easily-distracted people are ruled by a highly-educated minority of techno-business, media, and government leaders.

  • Gods Creation

    If the people are entertained and they seek entertainment, then they have what they want. Good for them.

    It is not necessary to try to fix the world. That is time wasted every bit as much as DWTS.

    Create your own life outside of the corporations known as “governments”. Support yourself. Quit using their numbers and licenses that you don’t need and no law requires you to have. Trade all of their “money” for items that are useful, immediately upon getting them.

    There is nothing you can do for the world, no way to solve the problems that are so obvious.

    The world is yours, make it what you want it to be and quit waiting for government to do it for you.

  • The royal wedding spectacle is one of the most unexplainable, but amusingly bizarre distractions on this deeply troubled planet. The whole concept of “royalty” is so outdated and irrelevant that it boggles my mind.

    The rest of that stuff, I couldn’t give a Grand Coolee Dam.

  • Tim

    “Lady Gaga made headlines all over the world recently when she released a song entitled “Judas” just before the recent holidays.”

    I know young women who were raised in Christian homes who have Lady Gaga listed as one of their musical interests on their Facebook profiles. Incredible.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Here’s the advice I left for that silly couple on a Yahoo comment page:

    “I hope this one Chernobyls even worse than the first one did. Who knows, maybe that ring is cursed.”

  • Guido

    Imagine what would happen if you could knock out all TV broadcasts for 24 hours? A week? A month? I can only imagine what the nation would come to…

  • J2201987

    I just have to say that this very article resonates me so much. As a former member of the American sheeple I was so consumed by gossip blogs and entertainment over the past three years, I unfortunately let my GPA (I was a Mechanical Engineering student…who focused in Manufacturing…in America…who’s manufacturing jobs are being sucked away) slip my last year in college. I was so fascinated by the lives of the rich and famous as if I knew any of them.

    I used to lap up everything the mainstream media said, from the economy (It’s okay, it’s growing, Macy’s and Cotsco are hiring tens of thousands of people), to the Middle East wars (we’re helping them set up a “democracy” we’re making the world a better place), to the national debt (It’s all Bush’s fault! He drove up the debt with these wars!), to even the new President (Obama just needs time, He has to clean up eight years of Bush’s tomfoolery).

    Then, close to Christmas last year, while filling out a few applications for companies only to find out that one of the companies I applied to have closed, something in me just asked, “What in the world is REALLY going on with this country?” Ultimately educating myself through a crash course on the US debt with the help google, it brought me to the End of the American Dream blog and I’ve been hooked ever since. It was an epiphany and enlightenment all at the same time. It still amazes me as to how I’ve gone through 24 years of life without questioning the world around me while just coasting and going with the flow as things could never get bad, until I found EOAD.

    Sorry for the long and cheesy tangent, but this is my first time commenting. I’ve been lurking this site (and Economic Collapse blog) for the past four months and it’s really brought me up to the speed of the condition of the country I live in and and facilely defended. And I’ve also appreciate the insightful commentary as well.

    I sincerely hope one day (soon) that the majority of Americans will wake up and ask themselves that same question I asked myself, start having an open and honest discussion in all communities on the plight of the American economy and morale, and ultimately form some sort of public outrage that will alert other Americans and nations, the same outrage they may have over Bristol Palin making it to the top two on Dancing With the Stars (I’m not watching DTWS this season obviously so I don’t who’s doing what on that show) or Britney Spears’ performing skills (or lack thereof). Surely the United states will never be the same, but if enough Americans can actively get involved we can prevent it from turning into the third world corporate dictatorship that’s beginning to appear. Thanks for another great article!

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      Great comment – I am honored that you take a few minutes out of your day to stop by. It is good to know that this site is appreciated.

      Please feel free to comment more often – it sounds like you would definitely add to our debates. :)


  • Bubba Dan

    We will lose this country if we keep going down this road!

  • mondobeyondo

    Lady Gaga would look beautiful in one of Kate’s
    outfits. Hell, she looks great in a dress made out of sirloin steaks!

    But Lady Gaga is not my queen. Thank goodness!!

  • What women or girl in this world won’t want to watch this wedding? It gives us a break in reality to watch a fairy tale. I wish them luck, and hope it doesn’t play out like princess Diana and prince charles!

    Though you do have a point, people get sidetracked on the true problem that we are currently facing. This country has been in trouble for a while. Clearly headed in the WRONG direction.

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  • @Gray 2
    “I am guessing these same dolts are the ones who vote republican as they sit in their double wides”
    Correction. It’s the dummies that vote period because both factions, Retards and Demoshits are funded and sanctioned by the same folks; corporations

  • Joe Johnson

    Rupert Murdoch is a globalist with no tie to any nation. He has American citizenship but is no American. He has no loyalty to anything but money any power. He wields much of both. It is no wonder his network has round the clock coverage of this royal wedding nonsense. And what more proof do you need that America has lost all sense of her national identity. American nitwits now sit in front of their sets, excitedly watching the marriage of a member of the same tyrannical monarchy from which Americans fought and died to extricate themselves.

  • amplify

    Our Founding Fathers fought a revolution so we wouldn’t have to hear about the Royal Wedding and what is happening? People are more considered about the Royal Wedding than the real issues here in the US.

  • VyseLegend

    @ J2201987

    Cool story. I’m a relative lurker with a similar story, and I’m a 23 y/o college grad. It really sucks to see the America we were promised turn out to be pyrite after all.

  • Justa Guy

    To see an example of the average American sheeple, just look at the humans in the movie Wall-E. What you see appears funny at first, until you realize that they are more like the average American today than we would like to admit.

  • missy

    Goof grief. Totally written without a sense of history or human nature. Distracted by the world of celebrity during a crisis? The biggest selling year for movie tickets was 1936 — Astaire and Rogers ruled the world of fantasy onscreen. Newspapers headlines in 1936 were filled with frontpage articles about whether Prince Edward viii was going to be allowed to marry Wallis Simpson. All during a time when people were in the middle of a Great Depression and Hitler was depriving Jews and minorities of their civil liberties and Stalin was starving millions in the Ukraine. Human nature and needs do not change. What brings about mass economic change is the combination of government investment in industry and increased incentives for the wealthy to invest in industry. The ordinary joe and jane never have and never will turn the tide of economic change (tho they are essential cogs in the wheel). Time to read your history books again, fella!

  • This article and all the comments are great, and so true, and bring up so many amazing points. I just found this blog a few days ago and am glad to know I’m not alone in this, because I certainly feel it. Members of my own family are telling me to get out of the USA because I don’t believe the entire story about Osama…the whole thing is just so fishy. They hate the fact I’m criticizing the government, and they’d rather me out of the family. I am a Canadian citizen as well, and certainly consider Canada home – it’s where I feel safe. Universal healthcare is amazing, the people are not brainwashed in the least and the second anything happens that’s sketchy with the government, the people at least try to rally together to fix it. That’s why today they’re reelecting a prime minister, kicking out Stephen Harper who is nothing but Bush’s lackey and wannabe.

    Everything is just getting so bad with all these situations. The US government has these sheeple so brainwashed that they’d rather see their own family disappear than criticize and face what’s going on.

    Hmm. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Yeah – 1984 has been happening and is continuing to happen, and no one is doing anything. Granted, what CAN we do?

    I won’t lie, I’m scared. I damn near cried today when my uncle, who was like my big brother growing up, told me to get out of the US ON FACEBOOK for some comments I made about the situation with Osama. I hate this. I’m 21 – I’m newly married (husband is in the Marine Corps, ugh. Thankfully he’s not brainwashed). I should be enjoying life and trying to focus on surviving and staying healthy. I shouldn’t be defending myself to my own family about why I came back to the US (to support my husband’s military career). This is just pathetic. Please tell me I’m not the only one going through this.

  • Lauren Alaina

    she already has her own fan/personal site……and she was a nobody a few months back…..might be again post-Idol show……maybe she can do drugs and speed,etc-works for Lohan,Kardashaians,etc…..

  • I am not opposed to good, clean fun, but that said, one has to prioritize-helping neighbors out in a tough time-or Idol? Choice, really, is clear…..

  • The wedding was beautiful. I hope they have a long happy life. Wills mom would be so proud he married a regular person

  • kate is HOT! it was a nice wedding