Maybe it's general laziness. Maybe it's some profound cultural tunnel vision brought on by the click-drunk Internet. In any case, it's screamingly obvious that the media have an amazing ability to completely forget the shit they reported just a few years earlier.

Don't believe us? Take a look at three recent news cycles that, when you step back for a moment and dig through the headlines, draw to mind the classic quote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," which we're pretty sure was coined by Jesse Ventura.

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The News Loves to Cannibalize America's Sweetheart

2011: "Everyone loves America's sweetheart, Anne Hathaway," says news.

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop news.yahoo.com


2012: Anne Hathaway takes a tight-outfit, people-beating role that everyone loves.

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop eonline.com


2012: The media start rhetorically asking why everyone hates an actress that only the media hate.

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop screencrush.com


2012: Jennifer Lawrence takes on a tight-outfit, people-beating role that everyone loves.

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop hollywoodlife.com


2012: "Everyone loves America's sweetheart, Jennifer Lawrence," says news.

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop rollingstone.com


2013: Old sweetheart is arbitrarily compared to new sweetheart.

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop nymag.com


2013: The word "backlash" gets bandied around.

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop live.huffingtonpost.com


2013: Jennifer Lawrence's life is not terrible.

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop theguardian.com


2014: The word "backlash" gets bandied around.

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop cbc.ca, moviepilot.com


3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop slate.com


2014: The media start rhetorically asking why everyone hates an actress that only the media hate.

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop huffingtonpost.com


2014: Old sweetheart is arbitrarily compared to new sweetheart.

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop crushable.com


2014: "Everyone loves America's sweetheart, Lupita Nyong'o," says news.

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop perezhilton.com


2014: Lupita Nyong'o is doomed.

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop masetv.com.previewdns.com


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Amanda Bynes Is Sexy and/or Has Mental Issues and/or Has Sexy Mental Issues

2005: Amanda Bynes turns 18. The media begin the arduous task of headline-humping the crap out of her.

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop egotastic.com


2009:

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop news.bbc.co.uk


2011:

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop news.fitzrovia.org.uk


2013:

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop sltrib.com


2013:

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop huffingtonpost.com


2013:

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop canterburymuseum.com


2013:

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop huffingtonpost.com


2014:

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop parkrecord.com


2014: Unnamed "graffiti artist" breaks the law by imposing himself on "real art."

3 Headlines That Prove the News Cycle Is an Infinite Loop complex.com


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