Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Broadcast Yourself



Per everyone's brain trust-like predictions, Jon and Kate are divorcing. When the show went from a bunch of rambunctious children doing the darnedest things to a Cassavetes movie complete with dour looks, lonely images, and thinly-veiled barbs, we should have known. The body language between Jon and Kate speaks volumes; they never touch or say kind things about each other. They barely can look each other in the eye. Barbara Walters commented today that it should be illegal for people who have more than five kids to divorce. My question is how such a couple could possibly stay married. Just the noise alone would push me over the edge. And much has been made about whether or not the kids are being exploited. Probably. To have one's entire childhood documented can only lead to an adulthood of wondering why the hell people aren't following my every move with a camera. But given our culture, can this problem even be avoided?

We have many recording devices, we have cell phones, we can broadcast ourselves on youtube. We're more than happy when this works in our favor in bringing us money, fame, compliments. We aren't happy when this dark god turns on us. Sarah Palin can allow her daughter Bristol to become a showpiece for her campaign, but feel outraged when she becomes a target by David Letterman. I don't hate Sarah Palin the way a lot of people I know do; she's got valid points at times, she appeals to people. But she also chose a life in the spotlight. She chose to put her pregnant daughter on display as an unlikely symbol for an abstinence campaign. And weirdly, I agree with that -- who better than a very tired overwhelmed teenage mother to say, Don't have sex? Birth control enough for me, and I'm way past my teenage years. We love our image until we don't. Until someone says something cruel. My way of dealing with things I don't want to hear is to tune them out. After all, there's a lot of channels out there.

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"There is no planning. On the night it is really great, it’s euphoria and if it is not so great there is always tomorrow night." Ed McMahon

Cocktail Hour
Reader survey: Favorite summer drink?

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Tuesday! Thanks for all the kind comments on the Father's Day post. As for Dave's comment, I have no interest in supporting the Communist Manifesto. I wouldn't last a day under such a regime. But I strongly feel that everyone should have their say, even the crazy white supremacists with their nutso websites on the evils of "race-mixing," and even Martha Stewart.

7 comments:

Scott said...

Michelle,

How true...the same couple was complaining on the media's attention on them, but they probably don't bitch when the paycheck arrives...maybe they should have thought of that before they decided to be on a TV show.

As for Summer drinks, I'm still a newbie when it comes to mixed drinks...my drinking usually involves a bottle of beer or wine, or a drinking horn full of mead. Maybe you can broaden my imbibing horizons?

Take care, Darlin'...and, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, very nice pic. :)

Tim said...

You could tell that relationship was doomed from the start, with her being a controlling witch and him a weeny. They could have dropped the "Plus Eight" from the title for the last several episodes because it hardly showed the kids at all, just those two and their whiny problems.

Beautiful picture Michelle, as usual. :)

the walking man said...

But...you're still PDufus whether you're broadcasting or not.

And I was betting money Jon and Kate were going to terminate the show. I guess the lure of $100,000 plus a week not including residuals makes all the rating swelling paparazzi worth it eh?

Same with Palin, put the kid on display, make a tempest in a tea pot and keep your name out there. It is after all name recognition that allows a politician about 80% of the votes cast for them.

Dave said...

Same with Palin, put the kid on display, make a tempest in a tea pot and keep your name out there. It is after all name recognition that allows a politician about 80% of the votes cast for them.

Exactly the point, Walking Man! Letterman ends up being Palin's stooge!

Charles Gramlich said...

When it comes to the media I'm just saturated with every image. The media disappeared up its own ass years ago.

Joe said...

Summer drink:

Cucumber-infused vodka, lemonade and club soda, in equal parts.

(It doesn't come infused. I use Tito's Handmade, pour it into a nalgene bottle with sliced cucumbers and let sit for a day.)

jodi said...

Hi Hon, God luv us, could these people just go away? The litter of children, the reverse mullet haircut, and faux stud daddy. And is it just me or do most of those children appear to have Down's Syndrome? xo