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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Moral Compass

Over the last few years, and especially since the heated debates over the war in Iraq and the US elections, celebrities seem to have become more and more politically involved. Many celebrities have become outspoken in expressing their political affiliations and opinions. I think that's just fine because I certainly support expressing opinions, political or otherwise. Even still, I don't think they necessarily make the best spokespersons since most wouldn't have a serious background in politics.
So it's fine that they can express their opinion. What I think is a little disappointing however is that so much weight is given to their opinions. As I mentioned, most would not have a serious understanding of international or even national politics. They may have the same or slightly more understanding than the average Joe, which perhaps gives them appeal since they are laymen in the subject area, but this means they certainly are not pundits or leaders. So it seems like they're just jumping on the bandwagon and others who think "Boy that's good enough for celebrity X, then it's good enough for me." really aren't giving much thought to the real issue. Perhaps it's all about visibility, but pop culturizing (as opposed to conventional mainstreaming) serious movements seems to be a little cheap.

I haven't posted in some time... I've been busy and spent some time away from the city. In that time a few things worth noting have happened: gay marriage was legalized, Karla Homolka was released from prison, a US Supreme Court Judge retired (and President Bush promised to replace her with a conservative), the Live 8 Concert went on in some 8 or 9 cities across the world, and the G8 summit has started.
I've also heard some rumours that the leaders of the G8 were considering allowing India into their discussions.


  • Tom Cruise for President!!

    You have my support OT 5 brother.

    Peace out,

    OT 3

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:12 AM  

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