So, if you're anywhere near a television or a newspaper today, you know that over the weekend two famous people died: Hunter S. Thompson and Sandra Dee. And maybe it's a generational thing, but I can't understand what all the damn fuss is over the latter.
Not that I'm glad she's dead or anything. I mean, I feel as sorry as I ought to for her family and friends, but is there really any good reason her death should receive as much media attention as Thompson's?
He was Mr. Gonzo Journalism, the guy who wrote "Fear and Loathing," who made counterculture writing into an art form.
She was fucking Gidget.
Let's be honest with ourselves, people. If, forty years from now, Britney Spears and Michael Chabon die on the same day, I know which one I'm gonna mourn.
I guess what really has me pissed off is the fact that,w hen AIM's little news box came up after I logged on this morning, Dee was mentioned, and Thomspon wasn't. As a cultural impact barometer, that scares the living fuck out of me, people. Groundbreaking journalists deserve to be better remembered than teen idols. The idea that they're not paints a very bleak picture of the national mind. Can't we do better than this?