Piece #2

The 6 O’clock News

(A news anchor sitting facing the audience. She hears some news in her earpiece and shifts as they are about to go on air…)

(Energetic) Good evening America and welcome to the 6 o’clock news broadcasting to you through social media. To watch all our latest stories don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

(With a more serious and sad tone)Ladies and gentlemen a tragedy occurred last night in New York City when a brand new iPhone 5 and its owner were crushed on a busy road. She was due to be picked up by her parents across the road from where she takes dance courses. She appears to have been text messaging into her favourite TV show. Eye witnesses reported that she just crossed at a red light without even taking so much as a glimpse at the road. Videos of the horrendous scene are leaking onto the internet as we speak, some of which already have over a million hits!

Tonight as news anchor, to honor this young girl’s death and to prevent future accidents of this kind I would like to take some moments to discuss just how drastically social networks and smartphones have taken over our lives. (Her phone vibrates) Oh one second, this might be important. (Suddenly in a very different tone) OMG! This is so cute! I am so totally going to ‘Like’ thi… (Breaks off midsentence realizing she’s still on air and returns to her TV personality self) Oh sorry, I just received a text message regarding a very important issue about… um, Israel. But back on track, we have here the case of a twelve-year-old girl, so young and so innocent. The question is should she really own a smartphone? All around the world, text messaging, tweeting, posting on Facebook and playing angry birds has become a trend… a trend that we cannot seem to get over! Technology is evolving constantly and introducing newer and faster ways to communicate and socialize across the web. I’d like to discuss this in depth with my audience sitting behind the TV. Write your thoughts and send us a text at 3324. If you are streaming this from YouTube, you can also send us a tweet @SickSadWorld with #technology.  We’ll be waiting to hear from you!

In the meantime, let’s see what the weather’s like. North Africa will be confronting a long period of no rainfall. A drought seems to be coming their way, so use your water cautiously! Central Europe however will be suffering from a very long winter season. Snowfall will be expected throughout the months of February and March, a very unusual situation for the Europeans. Clearly, all that global warming scientists have been warning us about has begun to affect us. Speaking of global warming, is it hot in the studio or is it just me? Can we get some air conditioning in here? Phew, I think I just dropped a sweat.

(Hearing something in her earpiece) Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like it’s time for a short break. We’ll be right back ready to discuss the use of smartphones and how much our lives have been manipulated by technology. Keep tweeting! See you after the break.

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