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1 posted on 05/20/2007 12:35:11 PM PDT by TFFKAMM
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——”Theodore Dalrymple”—one of the greater living English writers—


2 posted on 05/20/2007 12:39:12 PM PDT by rellimpank (-don't believe anything the MSM states about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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“During the 2000 election campaign, the Pew Research Center found that 21% of 18- to 19-year-olds got their political news and views from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

“The cult of celebrity trivializes everything it touches.”


3 posted on 05/20/2007 12:40:52 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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Was there ever a time in human history when people judged serious matters by serious criteria?

That's a good question, except, of course, for the fact that for thousands of years, it mattered little what most folks thought. If they got really out of hand, they could generally be repressed by the king; if they had a powerful leader, sometimes they could overcome him and end up in charge themselves (as in France). But normally it didn't matter if they liked him or not.

I think this situation, where you have a large group of completely ignorant people being manipulated by slick, ignorant, shallow people with an uprecedented outreach capablity, is probably specific to post-electricity society, and perhaps even post-mass advertising society (because advertising is where people have learned this behavior).

4 posted on 05/20/2007 12:46:50 PM PDT by livius
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For example, most young people's view of Africa, insofar as they have one at all, probably derives more from the pronouncements of Bono, U2's lead singer, than from any other source of knowledge about the Dark Continent.

Well, of course. There is little else written about it that has received any attention in our media. Naturally, it is the 'bible' on Africa, by default.

5 posted on 05/20/2007 1:47:55 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: Allan

ping


11 posted on 05/20/2007 4:25:20 PM PDT by ARridgerunner
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Ah, a Dalrymple composition - many thanks for posting. His grocery lists are probably worth reading.

Fame confers authority, and the principal way of acquiring great fame is via the entertainment industry.

Well, the easiest, to be sure. It's been that way for a very long time. But what it actually provides isn't so much authority as it is the ability to command attention, which is not exactly the same thing. It is passing marvelous that the one should be mistaken for the other so commonly.

Was there ever a time when it wasn't so? Not many, perhaps, but I can think of one at least - that happy day when musicians such as Mozart entered and departed their patrons' houses by the back door. That age had its own attendant problems in that the fame that idiots with beautiful voices were not granted was granted to idiots with the good fortune to be swaddled in the right cradle. It probably wasn't an improvement.

13 posted on 05/20/2007 4:49:06 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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