Isn't it awful to be stuck in a waiting room and about the only magazines available are back issues of People magazine? What is a better artifact of how screwed up our culture is than the cult of celebrity this publication, a product of Time-Warner, represents. Living with all the distortion of the pop culture world, People highlights our celebrity obsessed culture and insatiable appetite for catty gossip. How much Brad Pitt, Angela Joile, George Clooney, Britany Spears, and the world of American Idol can a person take? Well, pick up any issue of this shameless rag, and there they are. Consider the wealth this publication provides for some of the lowest scum on the planet, the paparazzi, the aggressive stalkers who masquerade as celebrity photographers. The highlights of the year, their "Sexiest Man" and "100 Most Beautiful People" issues, put their world into clear perspective.
Politicians appear from time-to-time. Republicans are nowhere to be found unless they've got the dirt on Sarah Palin, but oh how they love Barack Obama!!
Is it any wonder then that as their "100 Most Beautiful People" issue hits the street, the Obama gang is well represented: Michelle Obama, Rahm Immanuel, and Timothy Geithner?
Folks can recognize this is fluff to satiate the gossip hungry geeks for what it is. What the public doesn't recognize it that which is supposed to be hard news, as represented by two other Time-Warner products, Time Magazine and CNN isn't that different.
All of them are best avoided.