i'm extremely disgusted by the cult of celebrity that has engulfed out country. we know WAY too much about the dysfunctions of a handful of, mostly, narcissistic attention whores. we feed their narcissism, or in other cases invade their privacy, so that we can get our jollies from understanding the "lifestyles of the rich and famous". these people we spend so much media attention, money, and time on do very little to help society. in fact, they normalize some destructive behaviours.
not all celebrities are bad: obviously. but those few who see their job as art and work to do what artists have always done, which is point out the flaws and reality of current culture are less appreciated and often less stalked by the media.
why do so many americans enjoy watching the nonsensical rants of a man who is clearly in the midst of a psychotic episode? why are we lifting up the illness as entertainment, rather than helping a man in need get help?
and why, for heaven's sake, are we spending so much more time on lindsay lohan's drug problems or charlie sheen's latest psychotic rant, or mel gibson's hate filled xenophobic rants? we give these sick and demented people a stage. they are able to spew their hate or addiction, or sometimes just melt down right in front of us. and for what reason? does it help our children live better lives? bring peace to our souls? answer plaguing questions of poverty, war, hate, dispair? NO this doesn't. it distracts of from actually facing the reality of life. that most of us are struggling to make ends meet, raise our children, keep our marriages or families healthy, healing our own wounds, and way more of us are missing family members who are fighting in protracted wars that seem to be quagmires larger than vietnam. but because we don't see the images of afghanistan in our face every night like we did with vietnam, we don't do anything.
the media feeds us a diet of ridiculous celebrity gossip and ignores some of the most relevant stories of our day. yeah, 2011 feels a bit like 1968, but only to those paying attention. it is hard for us to find any news source that will really help us to see what is really going on in the world or our country. instead there is ridiculous prognosticating about which of the pool of losers will finally announce he is running for GOP presidential nominee or celebrity muck, or distorted lies about health reform or how budgets are "balanced" by removing collective bargaining right.
president eisenhower warned us that this kind of intellectual death could take place if a real military industrial complex was buoyed up. now corporations are making laws that benefit them and hurt people. more on that later . . . please read this below and THANK-YOU CNN!!!