Eugene Cho

peeping humans

What is it about the human condition that we indulge ourselves in peeping and probing.  I understand the need for data, information, news, and entertainment but when is enough…enough? 

What is it about the human condition that we care so much random useless stuff and yet care so little about aspects of humanity that need our time, attention, money, and prayers.

What is wrong with me?

Top Searches | yesterday

Rank Subject
1
Ashley Alexandra Dupre 
2
Jenna Bush Wedding
3
American Idol
4
Spitzer Prostitute
5
Harry Potter
6
Tori Spelling
7
Eliot Spitzer
8
John Daly
9
Obama
10
America Best Dance Crew 

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15 Responses

  1. Kacy says:

    “Thats enough” now get on with this blog of which I enjoy reading very much

  2. Tyler says:

    I guess her music is being played on the radio in NYC now, and people like it.

  3. Jon says:

    That list pretty much sums up the intellectual capacity of the privileged West, doesn’t it?

    It has it all: power, sex, entertainment, idolatry, money, potter, politics, and a bush.

  4. justin says:

    10 America Best Dance Crew

    yes, it’s “entertainment”– questionable, i know. and so so trivial compared to the problems of hunger, poverty, injustice, etc…

    but (i know this will sound like “angryasianman”) asian men in the media are rare and usually depicted stereotypically– geeky, soft-spoken, accented and not american. in america’s best dance crew, 11 of the remaining 18 dancers (more than half) are asian american… three are women and eight are men. and they are portrayed as creative, athletic, powerful and cool– and they speak english fluently.

    so there’s at least a smidgen of redemptive value at the very bottom of that list…

    anyways, back to fighting the good fight, everybody…

  5. Jake says:

    As an avid nature show watcher, I’d like to blame this curiosity on our relatively close relations (biologically speaking) to monkeys. I have a feeling that if monkeys had the intellectual capacity to operate a computer, they would be really interested in all this pop culture stuff.

    I think we also like to see people who make us feel like we have it somewhat together. John Daly and Eliot Spitzer make us feel good about ourselves, because hey, were not them.

  6. Dan says:

    Oh, this is like America’s top ten search list from yesterday? I thought it was just my top-10 searches yesterday. . .

  7. For me it is pretty much because I have an empty and unsatisfying life. I am not very good lucking, painfully shy, and am flat broke. I can live vicariously through others problems and failures. It helps to give me a temporary esteem boost. Though I am a long way from self-actualization, I can forestall my misery by enjoying other’s pain.

  8. me says:

    justin: it’s hard to resist KABA – particularly as an asian-american. you’re right…not many examples of asian-americans in mainstream.

    johnnypeepers: i thought i was the only one.

  9. Squirt says:

    I’m sorry how rude people are to you. I read some comments that you have gotten on your ‘Why I Blog’ page. I say be who you want to be, and do what you please. Whatever makes you happy. I support being diverse 100%

  10. justin says:

    did my comment about dan ariely go through? if so, please pardon any duplicate entries.

    last week on npr, i heard a lecture by dan ariely, a behavioral economist, that touches on some of what we’re talking about.

    ariely noticed that the organ donation rate at the dmv varied greatly from country to country– some were over 90% while others less than 20%. he boiled it all down to how the organ donor option was worded. if it was “check here to become an organ donor” (opt-in), participation rates were low. if it was “check here if you do not want to be an organ donor” (opt-out), participation was high. basically, the applicant usually went with the “default” choice.

    he concluded that when people are confronted with a decision that involves having to think about death, suffering, loss, etc.; they get uncomfortable, choose to “ignore” the question and therefore end up with the default.

    everyday, we all have the choice to think, pray, give, serve, love…
    we can choose to participate in eradicating hunger, disease, poverty, injustice…
    but, sadly, it’s just easier and more pleasant to pick up the remote and entertain ourselves.

  11. me says:

    bizarre but several folks have emailed saying that their comments aren’t being published.

    it’s not me folks…

  12. びっくり says:

    I feel much better now.

    1. Never hear of Ms. Dupre
    2. Didn’t realize Jenna was getting married… congratulations!
    3. Heard of American Idol, but have never seen it. Is it still on the air?
    4. What is a Spitzer Prostitute, are they from a region in Germany?
    5. HP – I read the first two books and watched the first two movies. The author wrote interesting vignettes, but the story wasn’t cohesive. Disappointingly, it also generated a world view in which certain practices were simultaneously labeled as evil and yet tolerated. (When I bring this up, the fans jump down my throat.) Finally, the second movie turned much darker, and both movies deviated critically from the books. I dropped the books and movies after that.
    6. Tori Spelling. I know this one. She was an actress in the 80s, who got jobs because her father was producing all the T&A exploitation comedies/dramas. But she must be retired now…
    7. Eliot Spitzer – dunno who that is, but I’ll assume he (she) is related to the German prostitutes mentioned above.
    8. Jon Daily – seen clips on the news. Not funny. Not cohesive. Not worth watching.
    9. Obama – He’s the next president of the US, right? Unfortunately, he’s the one pushing “a change we can stand for”, but he hasn’t defined what that change is. I guess what he’s saying is that we can stand for unknown change. Probably not far from the truth, because we shifted to Republicans 7 years ago and got fiscally irresponsible behavior.
    10. American Band Dance Club – Is that the same as American Bandstand???

    Certainly there is a lot of life to be lived, and we should be out doing it.

  13. “when is enough… enough?”

    answer: when we’ve actually convinced ourselves that we’ve had “enough”

    i can’t talk because i’m trying to keep up with American Idol. Hoping Jason Castro will make it to the end. I’m sooo bad. 😉

  14. Jeff says:

    I feel bad but who in the heck is Tori Spelling?

  15. A.Ho says:

    curiosity…my friend….
    danny noriega came up as one of the most popular search terms for the past few days for my blog….

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