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Perhaps I am obsessed with Celebrity Big Brother as useful forensic snapshot of W*stern society. But then, how do dogs and snakes know that an earthquake is coming?

The pig ignorant non-celebrity at the center of it all - a Ms Jade Goody, the quintessential chav - has earned 8 million pounds (please read that again) in commercial endorsements since first appearing in the 'ordinary' version of Big Brother. It may be that she will not get any more endorsements (after the bullying furore), and perhaps 60% or more went to the 'advisers' for her 'career'. But even if she kept 10% it is obscene.

But the greater obscenity is that no-one in the media has questioned her right to earn such ridiculous amounts of spondulex. And no-one has questioned the fabric of a society that would allow such a thing. The irony is, that the so-called 'winner' of the competition - a C-list Bollywood actress - will almost certainly go on to gain endorsements even more obscene that the 8 million smackers of the Chav. She is already slated to appear opposite Hugh Grant in a movie being rush-written at this very moment.

Yes, she is beautiful, has poise, is intelligent and so on - in total contrast to her would-be nemesis - but the obscenity is not mitigated by these qualities. The whole system is corrupted.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Feb 6th, 2007 at 01:23:03 AM EST
good summary. sven.

the popularity of these 'reality' shows is one of the saddest developments in public entertainment since the colosseum and wild animals eating people as public spectacle.

i suspect socio-anthropologists will be watching these shows in a century or two as the apotheosis of narcissism, a soul-nadir.

here in italy they are very big as well, and quite apart from the intellectual vacuity and the petty preening and pecking, there is a very disturbing undertow of alienating cruelty that seems to tug the worst out of people.

ever see that english quiz show where the (barely) female compere acts like a gestapo interrogator?

that used to make me squirm and reach for the remote, but was mild in comparison.

the mc for the american idol show delights in coldly stripping people of their fondest illusions, and it's lapped up over there.

my horrified conclusion from the success of this type of social phenomenon is that it caters almost exclusively to vanity and sadism, with a strong dash of sociopathic groupthink.

combine a fishbowl and a pressure cooker, and what do you get?

ladle liberally with filthy lucre, and serve steaming....

yuck!

 

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Feb 6th, 2007 at 03:30:53 AM EST
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Thanks.

I have often provoked audiences with the question 'Why do you work?', but never suggested that the alternative was mindless entertainment. The alternative is to be creative, cooperative and compassionate.

Sociopathic is the right word..

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Feb 6th, 2007 at 04:01:23 AM EST
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