I read today that Taylor Swift has been named Time magazine’s person of the year.
Before I offend any Swifty’s, let me set out that I think she’s a wonderful musician, a great entertainer, and someone who generally seems to live a very admirable life. I like her, although I can’t imagine ever putting enough money together for a ticket to one of her concerts but then again, I am frugal.
And let me also add as a codicil that being named by Time Magazine is not as significant as it was 20 or 30 years ago, when perhaps people actually even read the magazine.
But really??? Person of the year? Did she create a cure for cancer when I wasn’t looking? Bring peace to Palestine or the Ukraine? An admirable, person, and entertainer she may be but to designate her as person of the year is to put the final nail in the coffin of rational thought. Clearly, the United States is a society obsessed with celebrity.
With apologies to my American friends, the United States has become a society totally obsessed and controlled by celebrity. I thought the election of television star, Donald Trump, that marketing expert who specializes in marketing,what else, Donald Trump, was the pinnacle of the United States total debasement of itself in the face of celebrity. It is comforting to know that the United States, which has become a society that devalues and attacks professionals, education, credentials, experts, science, and everything that has been valued increasingly since the enlightenment, has found its comfort in the cult of celebrity.
Want a good job? Don’t go to university and be ridiculed by the common man. Instead, go on social media, say something controversial and become an influencer. Find a group of people with even lower IQs and become a million dollar a year earner. Don’t waste your time in journalism school and gathering facts. Simply have loud opinions and you can become a celebrity overnight. Become a celebrity and you become wealthy. Become wealthy and you become a celebrity.
Why have all the traditional religions of the world not recognized the importance of celebrity. Clearly that must be the only entrance requirement for heaven, if one believes in heaven. Perhaps we need a new religion led by a celebrity!
Allow me to climb down off my soapbox of self-righteousness for a moment. Perhaps my still lingering fever and cold have caused me to become even more cynical than I was. And let me also make clear that although I see the United States leading us into the cult of celebrity as they have led the world into so many things, we in Canada are not immune from the cult, although our national inferiority complex has slowed us from creating celebrities. I thank Time magazine for rubbing our obsession with celebrity in our faces.
And once again, for the safety of myself and my family, I want to reassert for any Swifty‘s who may read this that she is a phenomenally, good singer entertainer, and an admirable person. Just not person of the year.
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