Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Fools of Engagement
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Appalachian Royal Wedding.
MSNBC: Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston Say They're Engaged in Us Weekly Magazine/7.14.10
So let me get this straight: Bristol Palin basically does an entire magazine interview and cover shoot, all the while supposedly full of consternation over the fact that her mother doesn't know she and Levi Johnston are engaged -- in essence, she uses the magazine to make the announcement to her family -- and this follows last week's live, prime time LeBron James narcissism-palooza event in which he also blew off genuine human interaction in favor of going all in on an entirely artificial sideshow of bullshit.
This is the future: Creeping Surrealism has won; the reality TV world now is reality.
By the way, LeBron aside, this move truly does establish the Palin clan as the world's preeminent "real" Reality TV family. They're the kind of fully-formed meta-creation even Charlie Kaufman -- or maybe Disney -- couldn't have dreamed up. As Taibbi alluded to over the weekend, we're way beyond the looking glass now; it's only a matter of time before we have a presidential election in which the campaigning and voting take place entirely on Facebook and Twitter.