Lacy Peterson, Natalee Holloway... What is it that keeps such white girl sagas sticky in the cable television realm and as fodder for the tabloids? Breathless updates from Rita Cosby on MSNBC, legal mind gone-gossipy Greta Van Sustern and others like lawyer Nancy Grace pant about the latest breaking news (tonight it was 'tear in the vaginal walls' from Rita in the Duke Date Rape Scandal). Conversation for the water cooler? A thinning social fabric making these people our new best media-generated friends? Our connection to culture? Displacement of inner fears and a subconscious need for security? Emotional/cathartic release? Tabloid TV News Trash? Mindless addiction to passive distraction? An entertaining antidote to too much information?
Eleven months after the Aruba incident erupted as world news, the story this week is still generating buzz - check the Yahoo Buzz index on Holloway.
Tabloid Whore blogs about junk celebrity news. Nous sommes les voyeurs. It is too hard and too difficult to work with the deeper knowledge that we need in order to understand our civic society? The facts hurt. The effort is hard. The other stories are...easier to understand.