But Britney (singer) and Ke$ha (writer), have given us some sage advice:
Seriously, the news sucks. Life can suck. My uncle likes to make fun of me for watching shows like Jersey Shore (though he recently informed me that he thinks Two and a Half Men is funny, so….). But can you blame me? For one, I live in DC. I can’t escape douchebaggery, no matter how hard I try. I also work for lawyers and have the distinct pleasure of reading horrifying stories every day, like the 911 transcript of a family stuck in an accelerating Toyota. It’s not pleasant.
So yes, when I come home Monday nights I like to pretend like the previous 12 hours didn’t happen and instead watch Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl. I know these are not good shows. Gossip Girl hasn’t been good since 2008 and I send multiple tweets a week asking the PLL creators to just tell us who A is so I can stop watching. But the point is: I know real life, I know legitimately good TV, and I know mindless entertainment. And of these, I prefer to spend my free time with the latter (with a little bit of option B) precisely because it is that–a mindless escape mechanism from the realities of every day life. I still know what’s happening on CNN. But I don’t need to spend every hour thinking about it.
As Britney/Ke$ha have so eloquently pointed out, there’s a certain beauty in this method. The world’s going to end eventually. We might as well dance our way out.