The other day, I was with a group of friends chatting about this and that when the names Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts came up. I’m not very familiar with either name, although I know I’ve heard of Julia Roberts in connection with films. I also know from the conversation that both are celebrities.
I was conscious not being part of the conversation, which wasn’t long enough to matter anyway but for some reason those two names stuck in my mind.
I was reminded of the time we were returning from the Alsace this summer. We stayed overnight in Laon and the hotel reception area had a huge TV on the wall showing that cookery celeb with a face full of creases. His name escapes me and I’m not going to look him up, but just the sight of him triggered a passing whiff of gloom after a most enjoyable holiday.
What is it about celebrity culture? Why is it such a turn-off for some of us? We’d seen nothing of it in the Alsace but the first TV we come across and that’s it. Ignorance is bliss they say – I’m sure there is something in that.
It also highlights the gulf between TV and the internet. I use the internet for hours on end without a single celebrity spoiling the atmosphere. For me, it makes a difference and I’ve reached the end of this post without having to know who Sandra Bullock might be.
To my mind it’s a minor gain.