Thursday, June 04, 2015

Elton John versus Dolce and Gabbana

"Where 'media status' has acquired infinitely more importance than the value of anything one might actually be capable of doing, it is normal for this status to be readily transferable..." -- Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle

What could better explain this spectacle? Are fashion designers or pop songwriters suddenly experts on child development or the ethics of the family? If not, why is anyone paying any attention to their feud? Well, because they are celebrities with high 'media status,' and that status is 'readily transferable' to any other field whatsoever. If John, Dolce, and Gabbana begin feuding about the possibility of cold fusion, that will make headlines (and their arguments will be taken seriously) as well.

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