Posts Tagged ‘news’

Gail Trimble vs Jade Goody…

February 25, 2009

Many newspapers have recently drawn a parallel between the media frenzies surrounding Jade Goody and Gail Trimble.

They have all commented that there is something disturbing about a society that revels in its own ignorance. Jade has earned huge sums of money for not doing anything in particular other than being famed for her ignorance, while Gail Trimble found herself at the receiving end of an internet hate campaign after showing her knowledge on University Challenge.

Yes, it’s terrible. Or is it?

Certainly, granting fame and fortune to people for nothing in particular is not a new trend. Socialites (i.e. people famous for going to parties) have been around for hundreds of years – and they are still common today: Paris Hilton, Tara Palmer Tomkinson and even Liz Hurley started their careers in this way. Many more people are simply born to their fame. There’s actually a good argument to say that Jade did more to earn her fame than the Queen.

And has Gail really been attacked online? In fact, I could only find a tiny handful of negative articles amid an avalanche of praise. Conversely, Jade was ridiculed in every newspaper and television show in the land. Essentially she became a jester, willing to be laughed at to make a living (albeit a good one!)

Generally speaking, intelligence is one last area where prejudice can remain. Where criticising someone’s sex, height, age, appearance or skin colour would lead to a world of trouble, attacking intelligence is considered fair game. And it’s undeniable that celebrities receive more flak for not having it, than for having too much of it.

If a few disgruntled Oxbridge haters want to sound off online, well, that’s the democracy of the internet and their own insecurities. But, comparatively to Jade, Gail has seen respect and support.

 

News junkie no longer

May 27, 2008

For the first time in ages, I’ve just come back from a holiday where I had no contact with what was going on in the outside world.  As someone who’s a news junkie I thought that this would be incredibly hard, but turned out that sitting on the beach with a beer was too great a temptation!

More seriously though, I wonder whether being totally connected is as necessary as it seems (to me at least) to be.  I mean, the world will keep turning irregardless whether I have the BBC news feed coming down my computer and mobile phone via Twitter, or check Perez Hilton at least 10 times a day.  In the spirit of post-holiday relaxation I’m going to try to switch off from the outside world in the evenings safe in the realisation that I can pick up the news the next morning.   Check back in with me in a week to see if I’ve managed to stick to this new chilled approach.

But, I reserve the right to fail.  Hey, I’m in PR – we’re meant to know what’s in the news, right?


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