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Monday, November 26, 2007

Stephen King Criticizes Entertainment-Based News

Author Stephen King talked to TIME magazine about how he thinks the media focus too much on celebrity news – the Britney Spears kid’s custody kind – and too little on the real issues shaping the planet, like “Pakistan in the midst of a real crisis.” Stephen then goes on to talk about waterboarding torture, of which US authorities have been reportedly involved in during the past. Then he also mentions Google-owned short film site YouTube, saying (depletions are by

I think there ought to be some serious discussion by smart people, really smart people, about whether or not proliferation of things like The Smoking Gun and TMZ and YouTube and the whole celebrity culture is healthy. We’ve switched from a culture that was interested in manufacturing, economics, politics – trying to play a serious part in the world – to a culture that’s really entertainment-based. I mean, I know people who can tell you who won the last four seasons on American Idol and they don’t know who their f------ Representatives are.

Stephen King suggests to TIME magazine to in fact make Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan persons of the year for their cover, just to show how far we’ve gotten in the disability to differentiate between what Stephen calls “real news and fake news.”

[Via Reddit.]


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