Tuesday, January 23, 2007

When I Grow Up....

I was listening to Neal Boortz this morning (whose religious views I in no way support, but whose political views are often spot on), and I was introduced to an alarming bit of news. An amazing 43.4% of Rochester, NY teenage girls want to be a celebrity personal assistant when they grow up. Can you believe that?! What about "I want to be a mom," or "I want to make the world a better place"?

"Globally, kids don't know the names of their own heads of government or what their country exports," says Jeff Davidson, author of "Breathing Space: Living & Working at a Comfortable Pace in a Sped-Up Society," via e-mail. "But they do know the name of Tom Cruise's baby."

Fame also appears ever more obtainable to Generation Y. So-called "reality TV" shows such as "American Idol," "America's Next Top Model," and "Making the Band," reveal how stars are manufactured. "Now all of a sudden the process is more transparent," says Hill.

This is alarming to me -- after all, what values are these celebrities instilling in the general populace? American Idolatry of celebrities has gotten out of hand, end of story.

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  • Alan

    Television, the internet - media in general is accelerating the decay of our cultural values. The pop culture has consistently been more immoral than the population in general, and they continue to draw the popular values in their direction.

    We're going the way of Rome, but at a breakneck speed.