At a book signing in New York last week promoting “The Assault on Reason,” Al Gore criticized the “trivialities and nonsense” of celebrity gossip in the media and descried the “destruction of the boundary between news and entertainment,” according toAgence France-Presse. Call The Stiletto a cynic, but his comments seem a tad self-serving seeing that Current.tv, his TV network that will air user-generated content for a target audience of 18- to 34-year-olds, is scheduled to launch August 1st.
Ditto his urging the crowd of 1,300 “cheering and screaming fans” who gave him “a rock star reception” to focus instead on such issues as climate change. Is it just The Stiletto, or is there anyone else who thinks that every article with “Global Warming” in the headline should have “Al Gore For President” as the subhead?
On the other hand, Gore may have a point about the nonstop media coverage of the vulgar and sometimes criminal antics of BritneyLindsayParis – though he’s full of hot air on global warming. The New York Timesreports that 8 to 12-year old girls “are deeply immersed in the dirty laundry of celebrities - their eating disorders, bouts with drinking and drugs, and run-ins with the law (and one another). The gritty details are all around them: on the Web, on cable, at the top of the network news and splashed across the covers of magazines.”
Fortunately, girls in that age range are “highly judgmental” and are “really heavily under the influence of their parents,” Cornell University professor Dr. Ritch C. Savin-Williams tells The New York Times. However, as kids grow older and realize that self-destructive or skanky behavior “doesn’t lead to total ruination of your life, they may … be willing to entertain that” warns New York University’s Dr. Richard Gallagher.
Editorial Note: Is this New York Times photo staged, or what?
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