OK, I have to do a rundown of the latest in cosmetic surgery horrors:
Priscilla Presley . . . We've seen it before, but it's still . . . Priscilla, WHY?????
Priscilla is said to be a victim of an unscrupulous fake cosmetic surgeon who injected his victims with industrial grade silicone.
Today's Donatella Versace. Does she look in the mirror? I've read a lot of information on anorexia, and how teens can look in the mirror and see "fat" where there is none. As to Donatella . . . I just don't know. She looks like an old leather bag with eyes peering from it, or possible a horror film character.
This is one of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" - I purposely forgot her name, but supposedly she's the hated one on the show.
And - remember Melan from Project Runway? He lasted only a few episodes, but everyone loved him. His face is gone, but the old Melan . . . not forgotten. JESUS H, Melan - WHYYY?????
And, I'm reading the well-known book by Mark Bauerlein, The Dumbest Generation. Before any of my students start thinking that I believe this guy, I should clarify that I hoped to get some insight to improve my teaching. Instead, this popular (never quite sure HOW popular this type of thing is, I've come to discover) book is spending its time in arguing as to how dumb-ass the kids of today are, as a result of today's media culture. It's true, some younger people are saying things like "the book of tomorrow will be an app." Well, seems to me that the app of tomorrow will be an app.
But I just got to the point where Bauerlein insists that young people today read no books whatsoever, and of course I was thinking, what about Twilight and Harry Potter? He just started to explain how the Harry Potter books did not mean that kids were reading more, or even reading the HP books - the books had become a "status symbol" among kids - i.e. they were buying them due to "peer pressure."
This blog isn't about the Harry Potter series or characters, but one of the biggest draws every month is the search term "Snape," and I doubt I'm any higher than page 2 on image or text searches - which should indicate how many times people are looking for Snape every day (about a billion, I think). Publishing for children and young adult readers is exploding even as many other forms of adult books are languishing.
So I guess I wasted my money buying Bauerlein's book. There's a Harold Bloom pullquote on the cover, so I guess I should have known what I was getting into.
Teens are as smart as ever, Bauerlein. As to the history part, all it takes is someone to show how it will be relevant. They should hire me at the History Channel. But ha ha . . . I think the sad crappiness factor of many of their shows has already been covered here.