Why are New Year's resolution stories always the same?
When something happens in the news -- like Mel Gibson being arrested and ranting like Hitler -- my friends ask me why it has to be covered as extensively as it is. And, I always explain how big a story it is. And how each network is doing THEIR version of the story, and trying to up the others. Same with all forms of media.
But, where the media loses me, are these stories on New Year's resolutions. I guess it wouldn't bother me, if they did them each year. But, it's the fact that each year, it's always the same: losing weight and giving up cigarettes.
They have some doctor on the news talking about weight loss. They show people at the gym. Or those pictures of fat people walking, from the neck down, so we don't see their faces (imagine them at work the next day, telling co-workers...."Uh, no, that wasn't me on the news. Sure, it was the same shirt I have. Same body type, but no...wasn't me. You couldn't see the face, you can't prove it.")
They tell you not to set unrealistic goals, like losing 50 pounds. They say to be happy with five. But with the smoking, they never say to cut down from two packs, to two cigarettes, a day. It's always to stop completely.
I swear, they could take the same story they ran from last year, and just rerun in.
Maybe the news directors resolution, should be stories that are different from other stories they've already aired.