What Does the Decay of Journalism Have to Do with My Huge Appetite for Celebrity Gossip?
"'You're the problem,' a male friend told me sternly a few weeks ago. I'm why the rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer, why political apathy abounds, why environmental catastrophe looms. Because I, and people like me, read pop culture stories -- celebrity ones in particular. And because that's what more and more media are covering instead of what they 'should' be (i.e. politics, the economy and international affairs). Hence, society is going to hell in a hand basket."