Being Someone Else

November 30, 2009 at 7:32 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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In totalitarian regimes, some people take huge risks for the freedom to be themselves; in this democracy, some people take huge risks for the freedom to be someone else — a celebrity.

The Salahis are now famous, or at least infamous
They apparently donned black tie and red and gold sari to raise Mrs. Salahi’s chances of making the final cut for the reality show “The Real Housewives of D.C.”
The Washington social climbers had a plan, even if it was lunatic and dangerous. So did the father who pretended that his son was trapped in a runaway balloon, and in much the same reality-show fevered way, so did Jon and Kate Gosselin when they ripped their marriage apart on camera.
One of the letdowns of fame nowadays is that precisely because it is so easily and widely bestowed, it grows ever more fleeting and faint.
Reality television didn’t create a new psychiatric illness, but it did give a platform to the nutty and marginally disturbed

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