Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Losing Touch: I'm so involved with contemporary media culture I may be losing touch with the broader culture.

1. Yesterday on Gawker I read about a ranch called Neverland getting raided. Someone named Michael Jackson lives there. I was convinced that Jackson must be a magazine mogul or a famous author whose work had slipped my mind. (Oh, please, the King of Pop is so not part of contemporary media culture. Pop itself is now historical culture.)

2. Reading Frank DiGiacomo's article in the Observer today I came across this "When Vice President Thomas Marhsall said 'What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar,' he may have been imagining Britney and Paris." I thought: Whoa. They fired Gavin McGinnis from Vice!