By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Did you see the story about the guy who proposed marriage to his girlfriend live on the Jumbotron at Fenway Park Sunday night during the Red Sox-Cubs game, only to have her say no?

At least, we think that’s what happened. People have been known to stage these kinds of things, for reasons that escape me.

But if it was for real, we can only speculate about the reasons.

It was wicked cold Sunday night at the ballpark.

Perhaps the young lady’s sausage was repeating on her.

Or maybe she just wasn’t thrilled with one of the most intimate, personal moments of her life unfolding in such a public setting.

Not everyone is down with the long running trend in our culture toward public displays of… just about everything.

I’m not sure when it all started, but I do recall a time when people tended to think of deeply personal things – traumatic experiences, illness, intimate relationships, even religious and political beliefs – as private.

That wasn’t always a good thing – justice is often served when abuses and other issues that were once kept hidden are aired out.

But the practice of letting it all hang out kicked in, reality TV became popular, and true confessions became the rule rather than the exception.

Are we a better, healthier society because we know every last detail of the dysfunctional relationship of the Real Housewives and the first-world problems of the Kardashians?

I don’t think so.

And maybe that woman at Fenway the other night really hadn’t planned on having her marriage proposal serve as between-inning entertainment.

Then again, maybe Prince Charming there just needs a crash course in reading the signs.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Comments (3)
  1. When exhibitionism and voyeurism have a place to meet, it is never that pretty.

    Now that Facebook has been unleashed on the world, few have retained the knowledge of the enjoyment that privacy can bring.

    And as our youth have trained themselves to show their lives to the world the very concept of privacy will become far more of a treasure, and far more difficult to regain.

  2. J.M. Hardin says:

    Wow, what a concept! Letting private things be private? Let’s run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes. Joking aside, between celebrity “news” and reality shows it’s become de rigueur to talk about anything and everything about anyone and everyone. Call me old fashioned but I miss the days where EVERYBODY’S private life was private unless they specifically put the news out.

    In all fairness, the guy probably arranged for it to go on the jumbotron not realizing she’d say no. That’s on him, but like the cameras at Fenway, it would have been nice if it hadn’t gone viral. But that would require a major retraining of society to stop paying so much attention to everything that happens to those in the public eye in general.

  3. cuz it’s all about narcissism today, what they eat, drink do and poo….and what else they “others” do is posted on FB and Twitter and wherever they are -all day every day – everyone thinks that sharing is caring and that all of us are caring about their sharing. In fact, no one really cares. People show fake caring by liking and emoticoning so that others’ will see how nice the likers and emoters are and how popular everyone is. No one is expressing themselves, they are using cartoons to do it. And it’s one of the reasons I got away from FB. And the main reason I’ve resisted getting involved with SmartPhone stuff (Id don’t want to be part of that insaniity) until I started looking at them very recently and only bc I want to take videos and photos of my own dog before it’s too late. I’d also like a phone which makes phone calls (fancy that ! ). Alas, camera’s on poles, in toilets, (In Trumps microwaves lolol) nothing is private and the thing is….who gives an Eff ? No one. That’s what’s so sad. No one is talking, they’re just posting and jumbotronning . It’s a sad state of affairs when most youngsters today (anyone under 50) do not see it as “a sad state of affairs” that all they see of one another is the top of someone’s head or the side of their face as everyone is looking down intently at some toy while their fingers and thumbs do all of the walking and communicating. No one is listening. As the capt once sang “all you ever do is blabber and smoke. there’s a big hole in your heart”.

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