The Tiger Woods Saga: What Is the Media's Purpose?

Dan SmithCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2010

WINDERMERE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Tiger Woods practices golf outside his home on February 18, 2010 in Windermere, Florida. Woods will make a statement at the PGA Tour headquarters this Friday morning (February 19, 2010), according to a notice on the PGA Tour's web site.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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I am not a part of the media. It is not for a lack of effort, though. I have had a column at The Entertainment Magazine for almost five years. I write under my pen name J. Floyd King at EMOL.org on topics from movies to politics in an examination of pop culture.

I have written over 80 articles here at Bleacher Report, where I am able to give my takes on the sporting world. I chose to use my real name at this site, but I forget what the purpose was for that now.

I don't understand the purpose of the media in 2010, and yet I still try to become a part of it with every article I write. Media members like Jim Rome, Jason Whitlock, Glenn Parker, and Christine Brennan seem to have a nice way of making a living, plus they all get into sporting events for free. Beyond that, my attempt to join the media is a fulfilling hobby where I am read everyday on the Internet.

The Tiger Woods saga has really pointed out to me that the media is this blind entity shouting from a mountain top to anyone that will listen. Follow this timeline and see if you get where I am coning from:

On Wednesday, Tiger Woods's people announced he was going to speak.

On Thursday, every talking head in front of a microphone or with a computer all said and wrote what Tiger should say and how he should say it.

On Friday, Tiger spoke.

Since then, every talking head in front of a microphone or with a computer has broken down how Tiger came off in his 13.5 minute speech.

All of this exposure for a guy that can hit a golf ball better than anyone else ever has. Am I the only one who finds all of this nuts?

What is the purpose of the media? Are they there to report on a guy who can hit a golf ball really good? Are they there to build that guy up? Are they there to tear that guy down?

Since the answer appears to be yes to the last three questions, how do you go about answering the first question?

The purpose of the media, coming from a guy who admits he wants to be a part of it, is to make their job relevant. This is the Information Age and the media is fighting to let us all know that they can give us the information that we want.

They are losing the battle though. Evidence of their plight is in the failing newspaper business. Further evidence are sites like Facebook.com, where celebrities can bypass the media to share information. There are sites like Twitter.com/blinverted where I can try to break into the media and push people to read this article where I talk about the media losing the battle in the Information Age.

The media tells us that we are a forgiving nation but that is a misnomer. I have never been in a position to "forgive" any of the people when the media exposes the skeleton's in their closets.

We are an apathetic nation. We know that our politicians lie to us and we don't care. We know that the baseball players were all juiced up for a generation and we don't care. We know that a lot of male athletes can, and do, have relations with a lot of women and we don't care.

The media forgives the stars that fall from grace and they assume we do as well but we just don't care.

We have lives of our own and we are a hard working nation. We like to watch sports and movies as an escape. We like to gossip about the people in our lives and in the Information Age, the people we watch as an escape are suddenly pushed into our lives.

It is just crazy to me what Tiger Woods is going through. The guy is a great golfer and that is the only way I know of him. Everything beyond that is about selling copies and getting clicks on web sites to make an industry relevant.

In all honesty, not that I have been lying up until now, I just want Tiger Woods to get back on the golf course. That is the only facet of his life that interests me and if he is not golfing then he is just another guy in this world.

What is the purpose of the media when they created a scenario where we cannot see Tiger Woods golf? Did they accomplish something?

If April comes and Tiger is not at the Masters, then I will root for Phil Mickelson.

I hope this article here launches me into the media so I can report on the Masters from Augusta. I am divorced and a witty speaker so that kind of exposure might get me access to some hot chicks.  


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