Today in London J.K. Rowling testifies along with several other celebrities testifies in inquiry about aggressive British press and the lengths they will go to to get an exclusive story or picture. Her main complaints revolve around her three children who in the past have been frighted by paparazzi angling for a story or pic.
The rights of privacy vs. public’s demand for information has long been a problem-brought into the spotlight I think with the death of Lady Diana.
I have LONG believed that celebrity news is just a modern day panacea for the masses. In roman times poor citizens were given free bread and cheap seats at the coliseum to watch gladiators, This we refer to now as “bread and circuses” – the idea was to distract the public from high taxes, war , shortage of food and employment.
Sound familiar? Still taking place a hundred years ago we allow the media to distract us with stories of Kin Kardashian’s wedding, Casey Anthony , who will win Dancing with the Stars …
I am just as guilty as anyone else and when sitting in a Starbucks will usually grab for People magazine rather than The New Yorker or Time magazine.
The hunger for more news, better news newer photos and more information on our favourite stars- some who are famous just for being famous- is our own fault. As long as we pick up the magazine surf gossip pages and talk about Paris Hilton at the water cooler the problem will continue.
We would rather deal with vapid and banal than the grim and sometimes boring reality- this will be our downfall.
LONDON (Reuters) – “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling told a public inquiry into British media standards on Thursday she was forced to move house because of tabloid harassment and had been made to feel like a hostage in her home after she gave birth.
During two hours of evidence, Rowling revealed a note had been slipped into her young daughter’s schoolbag by a journalist and that she had chased a paparazzo photographer down the street when he tried to take a picture of her with her children.
Rowling, who is protective of her three children’s privacy and has regularly complained to the press, said if you did stand up to certain newspapers about their behavior, they could be “spiteful” and seek retribution.
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