October 18, 2005

Weinkauf Award Nominee

"The fascination with celebrity perhaps represents, on another level, a response to the remoteness and inadequacies of politics. Let some pretty face with an action-movie resonance intervene in a global crisis where politics has yet to make a difference! Some social scientist would probably be able to draw a definite connection between Bush's fraudulence and incompetence and an intensification in the national obsession with celebrities. And for those of us who regard, in the current case, four years in the White House as the equivalent of a geological epoch, the quick inflation and deflation of instant fame is a satisfying symbolic deconstruction."
More unintelligible gibberish from Lee Siegel, one of the worst writers alive, in TNR. This beaut is, somehow, meant to commentate on the excellent TV series "Extras," which is about a group of British actors. But to Siegel, like everything else, it's Really About Bush. Posted by Stephen Silver at October 18, 2005 01:09 AM
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