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    Paris Hilton

    Will someone please tell me what I am missing here? How disjointed have we become? You can go to the department store and buy your 12 year old daughter perfume by Paris Hilton, you can turn on the TV and your kids can learn how to be a Hilton, then you can go to the computer and play them her porno video! Talk about lying to oneself!! What is wrong with this picture?

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    Can't help you Gary, I don't get it either. I have NO idea why this girl is so famous. What does she have to offer? (Besides the obvious looseness of character). It truly is disgusting that she's making so much money off of being "a stupid spoiled wh_re". Did you see that episode of South Park where all the little girls decide to be just like Paris Hilton, because it's cool to be a "stupid spoiled wh_re" now? It's pretty funny, but sad too. Our society is truly troubled when we put people like her on a pedestal.

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    Well, I believe that if we just pretend that she doesn't exsist then MAYBE she will disappear! Hopefully! Hilton seems to be the epidemic of our culture. We can only look at the glittery stuff like raccoons. FOX "News" and other news outlets give us the insipid "Runaway Bride" or other non-news to keep us entertained and I see Hilton as that...entertainment without thought.

    We seem to be slowly, but surely, slipping down that slope of passive living. Where we'd rather, it seems, to be entertained or mesmerized than actually try to think, read and learn.

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    "Passive living..." That's well put. Most people think so little for themselves, but instead they go along with whatever they're told is cool at the moment. It's so much easier to do that, to never have to go against the flow.

    I think it all started with that TV show a few years back, "Who Wants to Marry A Millionaire." I thought it was disgusting in many ways. Lots of people thought it was disgusting, including members of my family. But then everyone (not me though) watched it anyway, out of curiousity I guess. They found it fascinating in some way. Then another reality tv show came out, and another, and soon everyone forgot what it was that had bothered them about those shows to begin with. My family, who bemoaned "Who Wants to Marry A Millionaire" were virtually glued to their television set throughout the first "Bachelor" series. Their principles changed so quickly when they realized that "everyone else is doing it".

    I don't really understand the psychology here because I'm rather stubborn myself--it takes a lot to make me change my mind about something. But I can see that many people have become gradually more tolerant of lots of stuff over the past few years. Maybe because most people don't want to be left out of the general trend? But the thing is that everyone is just following other people that are following them...I don't know if I'm making any sense here, but basically I just want to say that it's pathetic how little most people actually think for themselves. And it's sad that the result of this is everyone thinking Paris Hilton must be really something if she's on TV and has her own perfume.

    It's unsettling to wonder what's coming next for our society.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Wassner
    Will someone please tell me what I am missing here? How disjointed have we become? You can go to the department store and buy your 12 year old daughter perfume by Paris Hilton, you can turn on the TV and your kids can learn how to be a Hilton, then you can go to the computer and play them her porno video! Talk about lying to oneself!! What is wrong with this picture?
    Just a modern version of what has always gone on in one form or another. just off the top of my head.

    Charles II's court set a fashion for anything scientific being a suitable pasttime for a "gentleman"

    The regency newspapers went on about the Regent and his affairs and folks copied his "fashion" in clothes and buildings.

    With Victoria a whole generation went Scottish!

    Heck Edward VII was the "Playboy Prince" who's every action the press hung on.

    And don't get me started on Diana P of W,

    Paris Hilton is just a variation on a theme, perhaps with the media being more intrusive into your personal space we notice it more.

    As for reality TV, I roared with laughter at the spoof on it on Dr Who a couble of weeks ago... Get evicted from the big brother house and be turned into food for tin cans (Daleks)

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    But I think there is a difference here. Paris Hilton should not be a role model. She is an example of a society that has lost sight of all sense of morality. The gap between reality and fantasy, dreaming of being a celebrity etc, is one thing. But how do parents forget that this girl has nothing positive to offer their children? Do they really want their kids to make sex videos with their boyfriends/girlfriends?

    Every type of entertainment provides an escape of one sort or another. That's what entertainment is all about. But some types are healthier than others. The fascination with celebrity is nothing new, as some of you pointed out already, but the choice of celebrity is a commentary on the society that is embracing them. What does is say about us that Paris Hilton is high on the 'embrace' list?

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    I think that we are living in an age of extremes be it political or entertainment-wise. The mundane just doesn't seem to excite us much. Look at the growing trend in comic book movies and the like, it seems that we're having more and more power fantasies put on screen, both big and small.

    I see "reality" shows and celebes like Paris and Britney Spears as a polarization of our society. These phenomon have little talent, but HUGE PR and little thought behind them. Even elections are getting more about character assassination than issues and we , the voter, are just as passive and apathetic in that arena as we are in who we praise.

    I think that once we find someone or thing or the combination that we'll snap out of it...maybe. Until then, I'll keep my nose buried in a book or watch something with substance.

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    ..and worst of all Paris Hilton is nasty and skanky looking.

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    She really is. And she has no manners. I have had the unfortunate occasion of being in the same room with her. So who makes these decisions? Don't they have any concern whatsoever for the total idiocy of it all? Paris Hilton, best known for her money, her stupidity, her trampiness, is gracing the covers of main stream fashion magazines. No pride at all.

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