I've discussed this with several friends and was wondering what the experienced wisdom of the F-chat community could contribute... but it seems lately we are in a big fad for the media to create celebrities out of people who (IMO) really don't deserve recognition/admiration as they receive (think Paris Hilton, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Martha Stewart etc), but then the real delight for the media is to destroy these people. And the bigger they can hype them up in the first place, the harder and farther they will fall. Take the Hilton thing: it was almost too good to be true for media... all of the sudden this superwealthy skank is on every tabloid cover and all these TV shows, and then only a short time later that video "appears" and then her TV show and her personal character (IMO) is completely demolished. I would think given what she's done, she probably deserved the smackdown she got, but the timing of everything was so sudden. These situations reek of the old Eddie Murphy movie Trading Places, as if producers and executives carry out the destruction of peoples' lives just for simple whims and more advertising revenue. Makes me happy I gave up dreams of an acting career! I realized that the best thing to be (vs. celeb, athlete or even politician) is a wealthy businessman -- as long as you're not in the super-big-leagues of wealth, for the most part you can 'fly under the radar' of public scrutiny and enjoy the trappings of success without the jealous glare of fame. While seeing people make the bigtime is inspiring, the media loves nothing more than to dine on the carrion of personal reputation and honor. Hence American Idol, where we celebrate the really good talents of a half dozen people and wish them well, but can also see the utter humiliation of many, many more people. Have any of you noticed this?