In a touching new segment of her online web series Ask Amy, funny lady Amy Poehler got serious. The Parks and Recreation star fielded a question from a fan about how to feel engaged with the news and pop culture without being relentlessly bombarded with images. This person said she felt obligated to watch certain videos online just because they had millions of views, even though she found them empty and attention-getting.
Poehler’s response was reflective. Especially in the wake of the bombing at the Boston Marathon earlier this week, she suggested that we all carefully monitor our intake of images. There’s a difference between being informed and being overwhelmed by graphic photos of bombing victims. How do we stay connected “without exploiting people or harming yourself?” Here’s what Poehler had to say in full:
Do you agree that at a time like this we should all just step back and consider “giving our eyes a break”?
Follow Christian Blauvelt on Twitter @Ctblauvelt