Should Mr. Snow Man be hanged or glorified or canonized ? -- On Our Addiction to Big Media and Our Submission to Movie Celebrities.
This writing was prompted by me watching Big-Media reporter talking to a Hollywood star and asking him "does he consider Mr. Snow Man a hero or a traitor?" Without a blink in his eye the celebrity man answered "traitor". When asked "why" he went into visible shock, moved his lips a bit - yes a reflex only - and, brain-dead, was unable to explain his original statement.
In instant, I've (rationally) speculated that this few-second broadcast permanently cemented the opinion of thousands of ordinary people. Maybe millions of viewers. After all it was Big-Media.
I am pointing here to the fact, as well as the curse of modern life : The Big-Media-and-Movie-Celebrities symbiotic relationship.
It is -- business motivated ! -- practice of Big-Media to target Movie Celebrities as opinion-makers on every topic that is "hot" on airways. The sick part is the hypocrisy of Big-Media. On one hand, they tell us that their mandate is objective (rational?) journalism. On the other, they bombard us with "junk" journalism like the above example where the obvious target was not the opinion per se but (any) Movie-Celebrity. Why? Because, and only because, Movie-Celebrity would attract more audience ... and more revenue.
So, who are Movie-Celebs as opinion-makers ? The vast majority of them, no doubt. Let's suppress for few minutes our hardwired herd-ape submission to authority (celebrity) and ask self clearly:
Who (the hell) is Movie-Celebrity as a trustworthy opinion-maker ?
Your beloved Movie-Celeb is, most likely (way!) more attractive physically then you. Also, he or she is most likely a thinker like you - a man or a woman with average intelligence. But, is he or she more knowledgeable on given topic than you ? I dare say: "Certainly not !"
Just compare the daily schedules of both of you.
Most of the day you work to survive. The rest of the day you rest, grab a beer (optional) and surf news channels on something that have grabbed your attention. Like for example, should Mr. Snow Man be hanged or glorified or canonized which includes exercising the first and the second action in order stated at the beginning of this sentence.
Most of the day your idol works hard to hold to his / her status as a Celeb. The rest of the day he or she spends celebrating (again, hard!) his / her Celeb status.
Now, I will ask you to write an imaginary email to your (any) Movie-Celeb asking for an advice on investing your hard earned money for retirement, or maybe to choose for you the right treatment for your cancer (sorry for shocking example), or give you definite answer who is right, creationists or scientists.
Big-Media did. As for you? Good luck.