dude Posted June 11, 2007 Report Share Posted June 11, 2007 I never thought I'd write anything about the woman, nor give her this kind of significance, but it's nonetheless true that Paris Hilton has become a potent symbol of the times we live in. Watching the over-the-top media coverage -- and the outrage that ensued when she was let out of jail after only three days -- I couldn't help but think about George W. Bush. True, Paris Hilton had not waged war based on falsehoods, nor deprived the people of New Orleans immediate assistance after a horrific natural disaster, nor allowed the Justice Department to become a political arm of the president, nor brought the faith-based armies into White House. Paris Hilton had not set out to trample the Constitution -- if she has even read it -- nor has she gone about trying to wiretap Americans'telephone calls and monitor their email. And I doubt that Paris Hilton has any grand schemes to wipe out "axis of evil" any time soon. Still, the similarities between the two underscore the collision of political culture and popular culture seven years into the Bush II Era. more on the blog www.signorile2003.blogspot.com Quote Link to comment
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