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From America’s First Black President to America’s Second Black President and Everything In Between: The Bookended Decade‏ (Part 3 of 3) | January 13, 2010

Against the backdrop of the political insanity of the first decade of the 21st century, one would expect that most would have been eager for escapism and fantasy in their entertainment.  However, “reality tv” became a national obsession as well as a vehicle for those with a desire to obtain a moment’s celebrity.  Andy Warhol was more than generous when he predicted that everyone would get 15 minutes of fame.  Inflation has obviously taken its toll since it appears we have a huge supply of those hungering for fame for only 15 seconds rather than the full 15 minutes, predicted by Warhol.  

“Meet the Kardashians” is a prime example — I still have no idea who they are, let alone why anyone would want to meet them (actually only 2 reasons come to mind…).   I only know that the father of the clan was one of the attorneys responsible for helping OJ Simpson get away with the murder of his ex-wife and mother of his children as well as her young male friend Ron Goldman.  One of the Kardashian daughters and one of the “stars” of the show was arrested for a DUI and kicked off Trump’s “Apprentice” reality show when even Trump showed that he had his limits.  There was also a reality show involving some couple who are divorcing or who have already divorced with 8 — or is it 18 children?  They apparently are so talented and fascinating at something that they appear on every magazine cover in the supermarkets in 2009.

Octomom, a human petrie dish and incubator, had 8 children through artificial insemination — which based on some of her interviews and pictures leaves one very clear on the need for the “artificial” part of the insemination equation.

Twitter, Facebook and MySpace are all vehicles for the rest of the unwashed masses to have the opportunity to live in the limelight; exposing their secrets, likes/dislikes, etc. on the Internet are apparently “every man’s” answer to those who get their own reality television shows on cable.  I signed up for a Twitter account to see what it was all about and then shortly realized that I am not interested enough in my own life to “tweet” about it, so why would anyone else care to read when or where I have my next cup of coffee or my next bout of irritable bowel syndrome? 

At this  point, I am convinced that if I truly had earth-shattering information that affected all of humanity and posted it on Twitter, everyone else would be so busy writing about Fluffy, the cat, or how bad traffic is on the way to Rancho Cucamongo that my news would be quickly drowned out in the ocean of dreck and other useless Internet chatter.  (In defense of Twitter, however, its only worthwhile contribution was helping Iranian students and dissidents coordinate during their struggles to throw off the yokes of the radical Muslim clerics and mulahs during 2009.)
During this crazy decade, Blackberry phones became omnipresent, so much so that people started suffering cramped and paralyzed thumbs; addiction to texting became so commonplace that the Betty Ford Clinic had to establish a new wing for Crackberry junkies.  iPhones appeared and smug users bragged about how they could flip the phone and stretch on-line pictures of Paris Hilton, another “celebrity” known for — well, being well-known.  (Her parents must be so proud…)
What is well-known at the end of the first decade of the 21st century is that we are in for most interesting times; as Charles Dickens wrote, 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.”

I don’t know about the “best of times” part but the foolishness part sounds right.  Personally, I am hoping that the end of the second decade of the 21st century ends with more substance and gravitas…

Source:  Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities.”


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