Because I have another ridiculous day ahead, an all-bloggage Wednesday, and we’ll try for something better by tomorrow, eh?
A contributor to the Times of London considers the problem of celebrity culture:
First and foremost, there is the opportunity cost of interminable second-hand gossip; preoccupation with celebrities is an appalling squandering of human consciousness.
The centuries of prattle, of air time and screen time, the miles of column inches are a sickening misuse of the gift of life, of health and adequate nutrition, of freedom from oppression, of the access we now have to the world of knowledge and the arts. They are stolen from thought about, or discussion of, things that are truly important or worthwhile; fighting poverty, disease and the iniquities and injustice of the world; the profound joy afforded by literature and the arts; questions about the meaningful purpose of life.
The celebrity culture is a black hole sucking up light. It is not only a manifestation of the cretinisation or tabloidisation of our culture but further cretinises it.
There’s a certain kind of scold who loves to tell you your dirty little pleasure is something to be ashamed of, that it’s wrong to read People when you could be reading something with a long subtitle. And then there’s the kind who makes a single moment spent contemplating Paris Hilton sound like a crime against the cosmos. Raymond Tallis is the second kind.
Workers at 23 top investment banks, hedge funds, asset managers and stock and commodities exchanges can expect to earn even more than they did the peak year of 2007, according to an analysis of securities filings for the first half of 2009 and revenue estimates through year-end by The Wall Street Journal.
Whose compensation do you feel better about? The average paycheck at Goldman Sachs, at $743,000, or the airline pilot at $34,000? Come the revolution, let’s carry our torches together.
And now I’m off to Troy, which at the moment feels about as far away as the one they rolled the horse into. Have a great day, all.