Celebrity Obsession

Posted by on 3 Dec, 2009 in My Stream | 1 comment


Mrs Alex just forwarded me this great cartoon illustrating how off-kilter our media’s focus is. Why do they think we care so much about celebrities’ private lives? Why can’t the media focus more on the important things in the world like international affairs, social change and the like. Tiger Woods’ private life should be his own.

His statement had an interesting quote on this:
“Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.”
I wholeheartedly agree.

I remember once watching an episode of Sliders (a sci-fi show which explores “what-if” situations by having the protagonists visit parallel universes). In the episode Eggheads they visit a parallel Earth where scientists, classical pianists and philosophers are the celebrities of the day. Where intelligence is cool and wisdom is revered.

(Update: Check out this video clip in my follow on post)

Sometimes I wish our world could be more like that. Is it really so crazy that medical breakthroughs should be more important than last-minute penalty shootouts or that technological innovations should be more interesting than celebrities’ personal lives?


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  1. Couldn’t agree more.http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/11/23/obama.science/index.html“Noting that championship sports teams get invited to the White House, he said leading scientists should “stand side by side with athletes and entertainers” to encourage interest in young people.”

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