Gordon Davidescu wrote this article.
Sometimes when I go to the local market and pick up some food, I think of how fortunate I am that nobody cares that I am shopping. There is nobody around the corner waiting to take photographs of my shopping choices, writing down item after item — is that a bag of quinoa or millet he has there?
Are those grapes organically grown – and are they locally grown? Only I
am privy to that information, as well as the checkout clerk – but he or
she will soon forget as thousands of items will pass by and my quinoa /
millet will be a faded memory.
There was a television program that I happened to watch the other day
called Celebrity Eye Candy – Best of 2007
in which they spent the entire hour (okay, 45 minutes plus commercials)
discussing various celebrities and what they were up to in 2007.
They even were proud that they could tell us everything that happened to Britney Spears
in less than thirty seconds while still going into pretty great detail.
There was also a song they composed about Britney’s tendency to go to
the drive-through for food.
The Creator of the universe is well aware of my love of french fries —
and I suppose you are as well, at least now.
You don’t, however, have access to photographs of me dipping those
french fries into ketchup, mustard, or even mayonnaise (how did I not
know there were two “n”s in mayonnaise?) — you don’t have access to
video clips of me going to Kosher Delight and ordering a burger.
More to the point, you most likely don’t care about the fact that I
have gone into Kosher Delight and ordered that burger. If Paris Hilton
were to stroll into KD, however, watch out — the cameras of all sorts
would be snapping and rolling.
With reality shows increasing in strength, particularly since the
writer’s strike seems to have no end in sight — and what better way to
show their respect to writers than to create more shows that, in
theory, have none — people who were previously completely off the
celebrity radar are being made important by winning Survivor or The Superb Baked Bean Cooking Competition
— yeah, I had to make that one up.
With shows about gospel choirs that compete coming up, it’s just a
matter of time before we watch people compete to make the best baked
There is something fundamentally wrong with the world when Paris Hilton
going in and out of prison gets coverage from CNN. When American
soldiers and Iraqi civilians are dying every single day and we are
focused on Michele Rodriguez
getting arrested for drunk driving, we need to shift our focus and
reevaluate what is really important.
Do you read magazines like OK! or Hello! at all?
Do you read any celebrity gossip sites online?
How much time do you spend reading up on the “real” news of the world,
as opposed to celebrity news?
Do you know anyone who reads only celebrity news and is completely
oblivious to things like major hurricanes destroying homes and
politicians stealing elections — and how do you deal with it, if you
deal with it at all?
Last but not least, what does it say when more people watched Ken
Barlow marry Deirdre on Coronation Street
— both times — than people that watched Prince Charles getting
married — again, both times.
Is it just me, or how weird a coincidence is it that both sets of
weddings happened the same time of year, during the same years?
Have I just written my first gossip column?