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June 08, 2007

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laurie

i think we're all inherently lazy and looking for cliff notes versions of everything. paris hilton is an easy symbol of shit we love to hate - excess, fame, moolah, blond beauty, and all that crap. much easier to get your arms around then say, the conflict in the middle east or farther flung locations. i wish the NYT would do some sorta cheat sheet on sunnis vs. shiites so at least we could start to get a foundation on the basics needed to HAVE the conversations.

Bill

Unfortunately, we live in a Celebritocracy. And it's not just Hollywood. Think big business, politics, sports. It's ironic that the same system that makes celebrities, well, celebrities, is the same system that stalks them and dilutes their (half-hearted?) attempts at good works and making political statements.

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