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Quote of the Day (Feb. 28, 2008)

February 28, 2008

Quotemarks"But driving the rebellion against authoritative images is a hatred of any kind of cultural authority, whether it is a hollow, pumped-up star or a talented actor who has worked hard at his craft. And driving the gospel of popularity is an appeal to each one of us to replace the inflated icons with an inflated sense of ourselves -- whether we have talent or discipline or not. Web culture's hatred of the famous figure often comes down to an indiscriminate mania for access to what other people have and we don't. It's not the gaseous star we dislike; it's the fact that he possesses a status and authority that we feel we deserve. In this sense, the cult of popularity, which celebrates 'you', is instilling in everyone an impulsive impatience with anyone and anything that is not you...."

-- Lee Siegel
Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob

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