posted on Jul, 4 2009 @ 12:34 AM
Shortly after starting this thread, I had to go to work, so I was not able to keep up on the posts or respond myself until now. A few things have
stuck out while reading the posts.
One that struck me the most is the notion of political 'celebrity'. As a middle aged man (pushing 50 now!), I remember when I was younger that the
'cult of celebrity' was not nearly as prevalent as it is in today's society. Maybe it's due to the mind numbing amount of media we have now.
Back then there were three networks, your local radio stations and your local newspaper. Now with 200 cable channels, satelite radio, and the
internet there are literally thousands of hours to fill to every one that was available then. So now no one in the public eye can fart without it
showing up in 500 places. I think this deluge of media has exponentially increased societies appetite for 'dirt'. So this puts much more scrutiny
on the entire life of a politician, especially one on 'the big ticket'. Many have pointed out that this is just as prevalent on one side of the
aisle as it is on the other. Who is to blame for this? WE ARE! The one common denominator to every purveyor of said dirt is PROFIT! If we did not
have such an appetite for it, then it wouldn't be out there. There would be no money in it. If you find it disgusting, then stop watching
'reality' TV, stop watching all of those celebrity gossip shows, stop reading all of the celebrity dish blogs, stop watching and listening to the
partisan dirt slingers like Limbaugh et al. Read the OP in the thread linked to in my signature line, then ask yourself the question posed in the
title of that thread. You will find that WE are all to blame for this nonsense, and only WE can stop it!
In that same vein, the second thing that struck me while reading the posts in this thread is that Gov. Palin intentionally played off her
'celebrity' status. Was she villified? ABSOLUTELY! Why? Because we all just love a villian! How often do we hear about those who do good things
and are good people? It just doesn't sell. Also, the only one of her children that has been scrutinized intensely is Bristol, and she too tried to
play off her 'celebrity' status. This just begged for her to also join the ranks of villainy! Again, it's what sells, and we are the consumers of
it! Until we all stand up and say "ENOUGH!", it's not going to stop. In fact, I only see it getting worse and worse! I say let's save the
'Villian' status for those who deserve the title: The Kim Jong Il's, the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's, the Osama bin Laden's. There are enough
real villians out there!