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Good luck Kate and Will, now let’s move on

April 28, 2011 - Art Smith
There’s a lot going on in the world: America is involved in three wars, hundreds have been left dead or homeless by the nasty spring weather that followed the nasty winter weather, millions are still out of work because the worst economic downturn since the depression. Yet we, as a country, seem obsessed over a couple of 30-somethings in England getting married.

Television news is in over-drive covering the event. TV. news is at its best when it covers one event and then covers it to death. The more visual an event, the greater the wall-to-wall coverage. With a finite amount of airtime, the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton has pushed aside more newsy news.

There will of course be coverage in newspapers and on websites of the event, hopefully editors will strike a balance between not enough coverage and too much.

I saw or read a report the other day that Americans were more enamored by the wedding than the British. Without royalty of our own I guess we gravitate back to the family we fought 235 years ago in order to be independent.

Will the wedding be on in my house? Well, I live in a house with three females – I’ve had to suffer through both “Say yes to the Dress” and “Four Weddings” marathons, so I think the odds are pretty good it will be.

By Saturday, the latest “Wedding of the Century” will be behind us and we can hopefully get back to news that matters.



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