Heath Ledger is dead at 28. If he were not famous — would he deserve the celebrity mega-media coverage being blanketed upon us in the wake of his wake?
Are we wrongly obsessed with celebrity or does the mainstream media
teach us to acquiesce our better value judgments to venerate ordinary
people who may have happened to appear in the movies or on television?
Is the cause of Heath’s death important? If yes, why?
Did the trappings of celebrity kill him — or was he cursed from birth?
Why does he matter to us?
Is there a human disconnect that so many people publicly mourn Heath’s
death while nary a moment of pause is taken for the death of a neighbor
up the street?