Definitely related to our cultural fascination with 'celebrities'. Dead or alive. I sometimes fear that people want to know more about what's going on in Hollywood and in the private lives of celebrities than they do about Washington DC or their own home town and state history! It's a kind of obsession with re-visiting the death of these celebrities too...tragic death trumps death from old age.
Mourning the loss of Elvis in 2011 seems pretty pathetic to me...but I try to 'move on' from loss rather than dwell on it. People are still shedding tears over ELVIS.
I completely agree with this statement: I shouldn't even know who the fuck Kim Kardashian is.
I avoid getting 'sucked into' those shows like "Entertainment Weekly" & Enews. I like to stand in the line at the grocery store and proudly (insert smug face) think to myself: I don't know who ANY of these people are on the front pages of these magazines. (Ha)
I see so many gossip rags, tabloids, psuedo-celebrity items and such at the grocery stores, drug stores, you name it, and I just want to take a banner over all of them that says this:
WHY THE FUCK SHOULD AMERICA CARE?
Sadly, as a society, we care more about fluffy "celebrity" news, crapola psuedo-stories and other distractions instead of what's REALLY going on out there. I fear all this stupidity is setting us up for a major fall, and that fall may already be starting to happen.