irenegro (irenegro) wrote,

зачем нужны "звёзды"?

But there is more: the endless parade of celebrities in the media gives us a prettified and palatable version of social inequality. The super rich are invisible in their gated communities and penthouses, private planes, limos, exclusive resorts. We know they are there, even if we don’t see them. Celebrities, on the other hand, are over exposed, appearing and reappearing on talk shows, late night TV, society pages, magazines, etc. They have a lock on our attention.

“Americans have no idea just how unequal our society has become,” Paul Krugman wrote recently. “For example, according to Forbes, Robert Downey Jr. is the highest-paid actor in America, making $75 million last year. According to the same publication, in 2013 the top 25 hedge fund managers took home, on average, almost a billion dollars each.” The fact that celebrities absorb so much attention and provoke so much envy, allows our more sedate and private billionaires to escape attention.

Никогда раньше не задумывалась об этом.
Tags: socium
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