“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”—
Interesting interview….I would probably change “celebrities” to “the media’s obsession with individuals.” Many hollywood celebrities are trying to change the “fluff”-heavy coverage in the news cycle by becoming outspoken advocates for issues like social justice, environmental sustainability, medical research and world hunger. They know it’s the only way those issues will get any media coverage.
But really, it’s difficult to avoid “lowest common denominator” journalism, even if you don’t read celebrity news. Our culture has become obsessed with people. Reporting of world events and groundbreaking ideas increasingly takes a back seat to individual fame, fortune, scandal, addiction, and delinquency. We are obsessed with “self.” It’s not important unless Angelina Jolie or Snooki deems it so.
Even political coverage has gotten so overly engrossed in the intimate lives of our public servants that the real issues fall by the wayside. Something is just incredibly wrong when Anthony Weiner’s penis gets more attention than….well, just about everything.
Watching the mass protests unfold across the middle east, one thing I was particularly struck by were large groups of men dancing together arm-in-arm. What a strange sight to a New Yorker. It stands in such stark contrast to American culture….each of us in our own little world, determined to climb the ladder faster than the other guy. Maybe we should make the republicans and democrats do a dance celebrating their common humanity before every congressional session. Nothing else seems to be working.