Literalbarrage on Anna Nicole and the media choking on its own vomit.
Itâ€™s unseemly, itâ€™s barbaric and it borders on a near stalker/sexual obsession with a dead woman. Thus, I feel that current words to express the depths to which the media have sunk are insufficient, yet I struggle to find the right word or combination of words to best describe the flogging of a dead womanâ€™s corpse. The closest Iâ€™ve come has been â€œnecromediaphiliaâ€œ, although I think itâ€™s a bit too long and slightly misses the point.
Now, I will confess to being one of those people who had not heard the name Anna Nicole Smith before she died. In fact, I still haven’t seen any actual coverage of her life or death, even though this frenzy is apparently going on under my nose. But I have seen plenty of coverage about how much coverage her death has received. Which, in a way, seems like par for the course for me — I always seem to get more of the meta-story than of the story itself. But it does make me wonder: Would she be getting this much over-play if people hadn’t been lapping up her life/style all along? Have the people made her important, or has the media? I guess that’s, like, the oldest question in the book, but if the coverage about the coverage is getting tiresome, I can only image what life must be like for mainstream news viewers right about now.
Tip: You can turn it off with your mind.