Tuesday, April 05, 2005

The Pope's Death Is Not News Anymore. Okay?

Yes, it's an important event for the Catholic faith and even for Western Culture, but it happened more than 48 hours ago, and you would think nothing else was of import was going on anywhere in the world.
Thirty years ago, Saturday Night Live had a running joke on its "Weekend Update" sketch, to the effect that, "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead." That's how I feel about the TV networks' non-stop diet of all Pope, all the time.
The election of a new Pope will be news. It will meet all of the requirements of a great story: It's important to the world, the process is suspenseful as well as solemn, and it will mark the rise of a new global leader.
But the conclave won't happen for more than a week after the funeral.
I realize that wherever large crowds gather, there is the possibility of something exciting and/or dangerous happening. But so far there has been nothing unexpected or even particularly interesting about the coverage of the Pope's passing.
He's still dead. No disrespect intended, just wishing someone would spare a thought or two for the living. I know I sound like a broken record lately, but the media's force-feeding of death on the public is wearing me down.
Thank goodness there are a few blogs out there covering something besides the dead Pope. Like Brad Blog, for instance. And oyster over at Your Right Hand Thief. Thanks for having a broader perspective on the world than I do this week.