Generally, I don't post off-topic much, but seeing how it is the new year, I would like certain things to forever go away. My wish list:
Reading articles with the "cutesy" phonetically abbreviated words: natch, sitch, def, etc... I'm sure these writers think it makes them look hip, urbane - "with it". Unfortunately, it makes them seem more like tools.
The nonstop media diarrhea that has given headline status to Page 6 gossip, especially if it involves conjoined names (Brangelina, for example) or the incessant fascination with hook-ups and break-ups. It reduces the "media" to a gaggle of emotionally immature and clueless adolescents. "Such-and-such was spotted shopping in Beverly Hills - alone! Does this mean it's finally over with This-and-that?" As if anyone - married, dating, single - can't go out and by a pair of jeans without the stalkarazzi questioning the motives behind every scratch of their butt.
And while we're on this topic, the coverage of faux celebrities (a la reality TV) should be banned as well. These contrivances serve only as egregious reminders of how plastic and banal American culture is becoming. In fact, I will take it one step further: my eyes should never, while flipping through channels, have to be affronted by the likes of The Hills, The City, or anything of that nature.
There are more, of course. So many more. Unfortunately, this is all I will harangue you with at the moment. The biggest problem with all of them is their recent ubiquity. Only a few years ago, you had to go to specific gossip shows, columns, and blogs to find these stories. They were (rightfully) beneath the concerns of legitimate journalists. Sadly, in an increasingly dumbed-down America suffering from an ever-lagging economy, major news networks have been forced to stoop to that level in an obvious play for this ever-growing market.