News Media Shift From Royals to Real Life

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 10:15 AM

By Jon Friedman

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I swear I am not a curmudgeon! I swear it!

But I don't give a damn about the royal wedding. I hope William and Kate have a wonderful, paparazzi-free life (fat chance). I hope England enjoys following their antics for decades to come.

I just don't understand what Americans see in this pomp and circumstance. I'd sooner wake up at 4 in the morning to watch the Australian Open tennis match than this wedding — and, yes, I care almost as much about tennis as I do about this wedding ("I do" — get it?).

I believe in freedom of speech so people can gush all over Facebook and Twitter about her dress, the guest list, the Queen Mother, the throne, the royal family, and the glorious history of England. That's fine. Soak it up. Just don't ask me to join in on admiring the festivities in London.

It's amazing how fast the news cycle moves. The death of Osama bin Laden brought us all back to reality and officially ended the silly season of following the antics of William and Kate.

I'll discuss the bin Laden momentous event in weeks to come in this space. But I need to get this off my chest, for the time being.

Call me overly cynical. I don't see why so many millions of people outside of Britain tear up and get all mushy. I understand that she is beautiful and he is dignified (for now) and the event reeks of history.

The American people should have more on their minds than this sort of mindless escapism, right? But we waited and talked about it for weeks.

The tragedy of the Alabama tornado was actually an afterthought for most people. The unspeakable misery in Alabama is something we should be talking about, not this wedding.

I just hope that nobody in the hall snickered too loudly when they were asked, "for richer or for poorer."

OK, so maybe I am a little too cynical. But I swear I am not a curmudgeon! Good luck, William and Kate!

Jon Friedman writes the Media Web column for MarketWatch.com. Click here to read his latest column.





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