America’s Love of Train Wrecks

I grabbed from another blog I’ve been slowly shutting down.  Initially written during the height of the Charlie Sheen meltdown, I decided it is fitting since I recently saw headlines about Ashton and Demi having marriage problems and about whether Charlie Sheen has fallen off the wagon, as well as a friend posting a link today about how Scarlett Johansson’s nude pics have been leaked.

It amazes me how people can ask, rhetorically or not, “How did Charlie Sheen get 1 million followers on Twitter?” or “Why does the media keep talking about Charlie Sheen?” right before digging into the latest story about him on their favorite new site or clicking through a dozen articles on the entertainment sites.  Are people really that thick?  Now I sound like one of them, right?  Charlie Sheen has imploded and aside from the same media that has always been available to celebrities (newspapers, TV, radio) he’s got the world of social media that he can control –Twitter, FaceBook, YouTube, web sites, etc.  He can, and is, broadcasting his message… and the masses are eating it up.  Why is he doing it?  The same reason the mainstream media does it… because it sells.  He’s got more followers on Twitter now than he probably ever would have if he hadn’t blown up like this.  The masses give him power.  They will read and listen to what he has to say because it sounds funny, maybe to empathize with him, or to make fun of him, but they keep him in the spotlight… exactly where he wants to be.

To a large extent, this is the same reason dimbos like the Kardashians, Paris Hilton, et al., are famous.  It certainly isn’t because they have talent.  Stupid “reality” TV is making celebrities out of talentless, halfwits who may or may not realize that half their “fame” is because they are being made fun of.  Jersey Shore is a joke.  All the bimbos and dumb asses throwing themselves at the various Bachelors and Bachelorettes… ridiculous!

Oh, hey, there’s a new clip of Miley Cyrus… yeah, you’re just waiting for that train to completely derail, aren’t you?

Don Henley hit it on the head years ago…

…and, sure, I’m (potentially) capitalizing on this same love of train wrecks by blogging about/dropping the names of Charlie, Paris, and Miley and hoping to get hits from searches for them.  Feel exploited yet?

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