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Tue, Sep 23 2003

Keyhole Journalism

I really don't care whether or not Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are engaged, married, fighting or visiting alien psychics. I do care whether or not they keep their individual caca together so that they can continue to produce entertainment projects--good ones I might be willing to pay for an opportunity to see and hear. I cannot understand what it is in the American way of thought that makes people follow these trash-filled stories about celebrities and to run craning their necks at the cheap shots taken by paparazzi wannabes who are in the privacy invasion business. There are plenty of tasteful photo ops with willing, eager celebrities, and there would probably be more if people didn't invade folks' privacy at every turn. Why do people want to take pictures of celebrities in personal moments when they don't wish to be photographed, and why do other people want to buy and see those pictures?

How about some stories and pictures of these kids? They aren't celebrities, but they deserve to be. And I bet they'd pose for a picture and be glad to give you a story on their work.

Actor Keanu Reeves has donated money to individuals he works with (who don't get as much money or as much recognition) and also to medical research. Why aren't the paparazzi knocking down his door to get pictures and a story? Keanu is just one example of many generous "famous" people who use their success and their monetary earnings to pass along the good fortune they have gained. Now, I don't know Keanu Reeves. Maybe he would like to do his good deeds quietly. Maybe he has no wish to be photographed handing checks over to charity. I'm just using his deeds as an example of what people don't plunk their money down to see in the trash tabloids. But just let him take a step into the twilight zone of what some wacko with a camera thinks is dirty, sinful or humiliating, and we'll see sneaky pics of him all over the rag sheets. And people will knock one another over to get the first copy. We can behave better than this, can't we?

posted at: 16:32 | category: /Arts and Entertainment | link to this entry

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