Mittwoch, Januar 31, 2007

Phrase of the day...

This is a great phrase, my phrase of the day:

"... cosmetically enhanced halfwits of Hollywood..."

That's from Dominic Lawson of the The Independent. Link here.

How true that phrase rings: the points he makes are good. The trivialization of serious news into easily chewable, bite-size pieces is part and parcel of what is wrong with the information age. We're not drowning in information: we are swimming in a sea of opinion instead. Having LaJolie hold a precious brown-skinned baby sells newspapers: that thousands of that child's sisters and brothers are being sacrificed in the name of Chinese oil interests is not only not worth reporting in the eyes of those we call journalists, but is positively taboo. Might distract them from supporting whatever Gwyneth Patrow is interested in this week.

Cosmetically enhanced halfwits of Hollywood indeed.

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