In contemporary America, it is a sad reality that the majority of Americans possess more knowledge and interest on the state of the private lives of professional athletes, meaningless sports statistics, reality TV stars, celebrities, and other related members of a consumerist entertainment elite than they do of national civics. Indeed, over the last 60 years, American culture have morphed incessantly into a hyper-capitalist, consumer-driven leisure binge. Citizens at large seek pleasure and security and have sought this while exchanging the old traditional values of hard work, independence, and a strong pride and understanding of their cherished civil liberties and historic freedoms. During the COVID-19 pandemic, progressive (and Republican) governors around the nation placed restrictions on individuals which widely violated the first amendment rights of Americans. Places of worship were closed, masks mandated, and in some areas, a guest limit was attempted to be levied by the government on the size of Thanksgiving gatherings in the private residences of citizens.
Perhaps the most alarming statistic emerging from the pandemic is the widespread learning loss that has been experienced by children across the nation. Many studies have found that the longer schools remained physically shuttered and young students were forced to learn “remotely” from a computer screen, the worse the learning loss became. Vulnerable children in young age groups who greatly needed in-person social interactions at school to assist their communicative development suffered the most.
As the quality of life in America continues to deteriorate, many media outlets (and the citizens that routinely patronize them) continue to ignore the realities of the sad cultural state of affairs in the country and report on nonsensical celebrity developments. The actor Duane Martin from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air Show stated that rumors alleging that Will Smith is gay are ridiculous and that he offers no public comment. The actor had been accused by Brother Bilaal of engaging in an affair with Smith.