Crucial Minutia
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Felice Belle
Stakes is High: You Are What You Eat
4 Comments | posted April 01st, 2007 at 09:28 am by Felice Belle

ouch! my tooth.

On Monday, March 26, 2007 Britney Spears had a toothache and went to the dentist.

On Tuesday March 27, 2007 a truck bomb exploded in Iraq, killing 152 people and wounding 347.

You might dismiss this as apples to oranges, but last week both of these events qualified as news.

Surprisingly, I only heard about one of them.

And by “heard about” I mean that I was inundated with articles, images and breaking news bulletins about Britney’s trip to the dentist. What did it mean? Was it a routine cleaning? Would she need a filling? Why did this warrrant coverage? What would I have written about if Britney took better care of her teeth?

Meanwhile, across the globe some people died. They may or may not have been American. I didn’t get the details. Didn’t see any pictures. Didn’t hear any questions being asked. I’m not saying that no one asked questions, just that I did not hear them. In fact, I didn’t even know the explosion had happened until I performed a random search on the Reuters website.

Death and destruction don’t sell like the dental hygiene of a fallen pop princess. This reality is merely a symptom of an ailing system of priorities. The Roman poet Juvenal said the common man who willing relinquishes his role in the democracy, desires only two things: bread and circus. It seems the country’s mainstream news media has taken this to heart. Word to the wise, watch what you’re being fed.

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  1. Wow, what a powerful post. Especially that photo, and the first part before the cut.

    April 2nd, 2007 | 8:27 am
  2. Whole Foods bought a chain of “Bread & Circus” stores in Massachusetts in 1992. I wish it were a sign for good things to come, that America would decide to get healthy and throw out their Twinkies for dark leafy greens, but Bread & Circus was already organic, it already had good stuff to eat. On a more hopeful note, someone just told me about a McDonald’s Express that set up shop in Amherst, MA many years ago. People were outraged. They protested. They refused to go. Soon, little ‘ol McDonald’s had to shut down. McDonald’s shutting down for lack of business, incredible. Let that be a lesson to us all. If no one bothers to pick up Star magazine, if everyone stops watching Entertainment Tonight, if we all decide not to give a shit, I bet all of this superficial insanity would end. Britney Spears isn’t the problem. Even the people who report about her aren’t the problem. We’re the problem. Or I’ll speak for myself. I’m the problem for liking her dress

    April 2nd, 2007 | 8:40 am
  3. Umbelievable. What do you all think of NPR? I used to wake up every morning to the death toll in Iraq. Then I decided for self-preservation that I needed to postpone my hearing that information until after a cup of coffee. Anyway, I never know when Brtiney’s going to the dentist unless I turn on the T.V.– which is hardly ever. I’ll be the second to admit that I do like that dress though.

    April 2nd, 2007 | 3:20 pm
  4. Kate Torgovnick

    Felice, your posts are one of the highlights of my week.

    April 4th, 2007 | 11:23 pm

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