Sunday, July 5, 2009

And so we wait for the hype to go away

Death is a tragedy, even those deaths that are obviously coming. I mentioned to my husband today my surprise at how we, as a public, find deaths of the famous who are older a tragedy. Yes, there is an element surprise when we place these stars on such a pedestal, but in the end they are human like the rest of us.

Farah Fawcett's death was one I prefer to think of not in sad terms, but in the fact that she lived with cancer for so long. She defied the odds doctors gave her. So for me I am in awe that she had the will and power to hang on as long as she did.

With Michael Jackson, it is not unheard of for 50 year old men to die from heart attacks. After all, the average American male will live to be 75 years old.

There is an interesting piece of analysis in all this. Here are two icons with lives riddled with scandal and trouble. The news outlets and tabloids exploit these figures, and we learn to despise the celebrities for their idiosyncrasies. However, death seems to erase the checkered life and we mourn the good they had. Kind of like Anna Nicole Smith. What did she really contribute to society? Yet, her death stopped all regular programing so stations could follow every detail as it unfolded.

To all this I say: Please, let us move on to more life altering and sometime life threatening news coverage. I am more worried about North Korea testing a nuclear bomb on the US than I am about the 20,000 people mobbing Staples Center on Tuesday for Jackson's memorial.

What do i know...

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