Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I have a confession: my guilty pleasure is celebrity gossip. Yes, much worse than McDonalds cheeseburgers, M&Ms or tanning. I've slowly become disenchanted with the actual news. I use to watch nothing but news programs and shun every aspect of pop culture, but frankly, which is really more soulless? Since I don't have TV, I check Fox and CNN online once a day or so at work, but whenever I'm in a place where I have the opportunity to watch them live, I can only stand about a minute or so. News has become repulsive and base and transparent. Everytime I encounter the news media, I'm reminded of Andy Warhol's Car Crash series, which mocked us for our fascination and commercialization of tragedy and death. Such as, the other day I showed Dan an article about the acquittal of the "dugeon rapist", and he replied, "There's a video so that you can watch the family of the accusors cry?" I'm not the only one either--I just read a great article at the gym about news programs having to compete with the Daily Show for ratings and (snicker) credibility. Good! I hope the news as we know it ceases to exist. Frankly, I don't give two shits about politics anymore. I don't care about Iraq, I don't care about dismembered ex girlfriends, I don't care about the election, I don't care about Congressmen jacking off to gay porn. All I really care about anymore is when vile Tom and Katie are going to get a divorce (I hope it's soon).