Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Importance of Paris (Hilton)

Have a read of this (by Christopher Hitchens), and this as well, for tomorrow's introduction to Douglas Coupland. The more time goes by, the more Paris Hilton seems to me like the patron saint of contemporary North American culture....

In the Hitchens polemic, take especial notice of this:
The supposedly "broad-minded" culture turns out to be as prurient and salacious as the elders in The Scarlet Letter. Hilton is legally an adult but the treatment she is receiving stinks—indeed it reeks—of whatever horrible, buried, vicarious impulse underlies kiddie porn and child abuse.

5 comments:

retrodeathpixie said...

this is really interesting because i'd never thought to feel sorry for her before. i don't care much for celebrity antics, though, and feel that if you scream for attention long enough, you can't very well just decide you don't want it anymore when things go pearshaped. I have no idea why anybody is interested in celebrity, let alone pure celebrity. there must be something else more worthy of the attention

Dr. Stephen Ogden said...

I have a very similar p.o.v. -- and yet, like you, I find myself feeling that there is a human being there in these recent events. Her circumstance & status force themselves into my mind when reflecting on Coupland ....

retrodeathpixie said...

you're true. she is very much a product of the age that we live in...she wouldn't be the way she is without a rabid market for it. i guess glorifying celebrities is just another way to think of ourselves in the context of an overarching narrative rather than as "fetuses" floating in the swimming pool of life. everyone glorifies someone i guess, just seems misguided. and who does paris glorify?

Dr. Stephen Ogden said...

Paris.

retrodeathpixie said...

or at least that's what we need to think in order to glorify pure celebrity...