Sunday, January 09, 2005

The Day the Earth Stood Still

I've heard that Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt split.

Who cares?

I mean, honestly, there exists a multi-million dollar industry that serves no other purpose than to catalogue the irrelevant minutiae of thespiatic life. How many times Brittany's been banged, the disintegration of Bennifer, Richard Downey Jr.'s continuing drug abuse, all these and the other assembled trivialities ceaseless relayed to us seem to me so evidently meaningless that I worry for those who think otherwise.

I take this position even as one who enjoys movies and television as a principle form of entertainment. I'll pay the $8.50 to see Harrison Ford in the theatres; I'd almost pay $8.50 to not hear about his relationship with Collista Flockhart. Reality Television has exposed the inherently voyeuristic trend in the American public, and so perhaps it is from this unworthy influence that celebrity affairs are pursued with such ardor. Whatever the reason, it is a practice beneath inebriated gorillas, let alone the populace of a great nation.

This sentiment, I know, is by no means unique to myself. Nevertheless, I today add my voice to the cry. There is only one response to the telling of celebrity episodics:

Who cares?

5 comments:

sapere aude said...

Bravo!

Aila said...

Okay, I can totally agree with everything you just said. WHO CARES, as long as they continue to entertain me at the box office then hey, I'm happy. I don't think any one really needs to know about the personal lives of the fictional characters we pay to go see.

I have this point to make however...

You know an awful lot about these people for someone who doesn't care. haha

By the way, the World Junior Hockey Championships are the next best thing to the NHL. I sensed a slight touch of sarcasm in your comment. If we can't have the big guys out there (stupid strike) then you gotta take what you can get.

me

LeperColony said...

Yes, I am unfortunately cognicant of various celebrities affairs, and that is in fact my point. I endeavor to be a reasonably informed person. I patronize various forms of news media, including television.

Unfortunately, it is not as easy to screen on a basis of subject preference on TV as it is, say, on the newspaper. After all, you can always just not read a story (though the headlines will often impart a vague awareness anyway), but it is harder to ignore a particular news segment.

That's my problem. Celebrity "news" is broadcast with the regular news because there are apparently enough idiots who care to make it worthwhile. I'm not sure who these people are, but I am of the opinion that they should be shot.

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