Really, I’d just like to know why we care so much about the lifestyles of the rich and famous. I’m guilty of it, too, so this isn’t meant as a judgmental rant, but rather as a genuine inquiry. Is it because of our natural interest in gossip? We feel like because we see them in the movies and doing interviews, we know them well enough to justify talking about them with other people who feel the same? Is it because we want to celebrate their hard work? Sometimes that seems reasonable; making art you care about can be a labor of love. Are we idolizing their talents? That seems somewhat unfair considering some of that is something they’re just born with. I hate the idea of priviledging someone who are just in the right place at the right time, but that is how the business works.
Why do these things make us care about who’s dating who or who’s expecting twins or how many times Justin Bieber has been arrested in the past year? Why do more people know about John Travolta’s Oscar flub than about the conflict in Ukraine right now? I say, let’s limit celebrities to people who deserve to be celebrated, and then just leave them alone. Put the US Weekly down, America. Everything will be ok.
Would any teens out there be willing to chat about books and such for an assignment for my Teen Lit class?
In the words of John Green: “Shut up, and stop condescending the teenagers!”
Too many parents who want to ban books are trying to shelter their children from content that a) they don’t need to be sheltered from anyway because if they care enough to read it, they are likely smart enough to understand situations in context and b) they probably already know about from, ya know, the internet and television and other things that often require less brain power and critical thinking than reading does.
That is all.