Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Adjusting the bread-to-circus ratio

Frank Furedi, via Alice the Camel:

Are politicians responding to popular demand for more celebrity culture or are they simply attempting to gain legitimacy through their association with glamorous and not-so-glamorous people? Whatever the answer, the casual manner with which elected public figures defer to unelected celebrities indicates that they possess a feeble sense of their own authority. Their embrace of celebrity culture is testimony to a reluctance to engage with the big questions of our time. So it is not surprising that at a time when Western societies find it so difficult to endow everyday life with meaning and purpose, people are drawn towards the lives of celebrities. In a world bereft of official leaders or heroes, people make do with personalities.