I just noticed a rather unfortunate headline on The Drudge Report stating the “Russian Orthodox Church Forgives Pussy Riot”.

Now, I read Drudge. I don’t trust him, but he’s tapped into an aspect of our current malaise. He provides a snapshot of what media happenings are being pushed down America’s gullet. News is a commodity, and one story pushes another story off the headlines. Diversions are important so real events can play out unmolested by prying eyes.
Don’t get me wrong. We live in a fairly free society in the sense that a lot of news gets reported, but what gets pushed is the real question. What is the shelf life of news?
For instance, it was recently reported that members of Congress can engage in insider trading based on information gleaned from their legislative activities. Whoa. That is news. What a revelation. A real bombshell. I wonder how Martha Stewart feels, after she got denounced by all the politicians she gave money to when she got popped for insider trading. That story had no legs, though. What we get, ad infinitum, is Pussy Riot.
As near as I can tell, Pussy Riot is a Russian crew dedicated to social disruption. They are more pornographers than artists, or at least they do not seem to have produced any music or other art. They got some jail time for disturbing the peace in a Russian church, hence their forgiveness.
Must I forgive Pussy Riot, though? I mean, I must be supposed to have an opinion, but it’s hard. I don’t really care about them. Tell you what. I’ll forgive Pussy Riot, but I hope those insider trading bastards in Congress burn in hell.

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