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December 31, 2014

"We no longer believe in God so we keep inventing extremely poor imitations of him in our celebrity culture."

Once upon a time, a cornucopia of gossip columns,
movie magazines, and television programs covered so-called celebrities. These were film stars, sport stars, and café society playboys and playgirls. No longer. With the arrival of the most annoying and malevolent invention since television—the Internet—hype now has expanded from the upper regions of stardom down to include almost everyone: businessmen, publishers, pop musicians, cosmetic tycoons, fashion designers, fashion designers’ assistants, fashion designers’ bum boys, record executives, gay liberationists, transgender activists, porn stars, plastic surgeons, victims of plastic surgeons, fashion victims, celebrity criminals, gossip columnists, gossip columnists’ assistants, professional confessional autobiographers—you name it, hype has made it famous. Late night talk show hosts are now on any A-list of the White House, 10 Downing Street, and the Elysée Palace.
Hype'€™s Premier Task - Taki's Magazine

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 31, 2014 8:18 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Reading the "coverage" of The Algonquin Round Table, especially the "quips" from the "notable"
Dorothy Parker, all I could think was ....WOW! That bunch of drunks at the hotel bar sure had an astonishingly, otherwise parasitic, mouthy nasty bitch amongst them.
I pretty much thought the character "Hawkeye" on Mash was a total prick, with mediocre "skills", too.
In most of "our" popular "idols", Typecasting?

Posted by: CaptDMO [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 31, 2014 8:43 AM

If you take away absolute truth, goodness, and beauty, if you remove a society's soul in the form of a shared faith, you create a God-shaped hole, as GK Chesterton said. And people fill that hole with something.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 31, 2014 9:25 AM

I've always thought that this... *entity*, whose TRUMAN-SHOWesque life has been more thoroughly documented and closely followed than any human being I've ever heard of, is the ultimate example of an Internet-Era "celebrity":

Posted by: Mike Marinacci [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 31, 2014 12:41 PM

"I pretty much thought the character "Hawkeye" on Mash was a total prick"

Not the character; Alan Alda, "feminist" icon. And a more or less perfect asshole.

Posted by: Rob De Witt [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 1, 2015 9:30 AM

"And a more or less perfect asshole." Not a hemorrhoid in sight.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 1, 2015 1:35 PM

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