Since watching the video in class last week detailing the end of suburbia, one thing in particular stuck with me. How can the media seriously be ignoring this coming crisis? I understand that newspapers, as with all media outlets, are businesses, and going to press with these concerns couldn't possibly help them in that regard. That being said, don't they have some sort of journalistic responsibility to uphold? It seems to me that they owe it to the American public to shed light on the desperate circumstances we find ourselves in, thanks to our reliance on fossil fuels that will someday be nonexistent. Surely the best way to solve this massive problem is not to ignore it, and that is exactly what our country's newspapers and other media outlets seem to be doing. If America is to maintain our position as a world leader, we're going to have to work together to find new ways to conserve energy and reduce our oil dependency. How can we work together if the media is purposely brushing the issue under the rug?
Just as an anecdote, the other day I was watching TV when a commercial for BMW came on. The ad showed a band-new car showing off its power and handling. Then a man came on and said "American's have always been known for finding new ways to be responsible", and he then proceeded to pitch the idea of Americans buying their new BMW (a German car company not typically associated with fuel efficiency) as a responsible purchase in terms of environmental-friendliness. I found the commercial pretty hilarious; Americans, who create more pollution than any other world citizens have always been known for being responsible? Really? Needless to say, we're going to have to get responsible, and fast, or we're going to face dire consequences.