We live in a culture in which it is the norm for each and every person to be overly concerned and distracted by the activities of celebrities.
Not all of us, but yes, far too many. I honestly believe it is a deliberate attempt to dumb us down. The celebrities who are publicized are getting more and more stupid, immoral, and famous for doing nothing. I'm not sure it will lead to our extinction, but possibly a society which is so stupid that intellectual evolution of the masses my go regress.