Monday, February 28, 2005

Thoughts on the Academy Awards

Watching the Academy Awards last night, all I could think was what does any of this mean? What does it represent? How do these people make the world better? So much expense on clothing, jewelry, cars, etc... So many people overpaid for their talent at pretending. So much waste of resources that could be used to do so much more in the world than celebrate a group of people whose job it appears to me to celebrate illustion.

The focus is on who is best or worst dressed, what does that really tell us? What have we learned, the triumph of illusion over reality, the importance of image over substance. I mean where else might all these "entertainment reporters" get legitimation, I bet Gannon-Guckert knows all about that.

And that is when it hit me. This whole program and these people, ok ok most of these people, are like Bush. They have handlers and people who manage every facet of their lives. They have people who tell them what to do and when to do it. They are surrounded by flunkies who tell them how great they are and how their ideas of themselves and their films are amazing. If we change the context to right-wing politics, is there any real difference?

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