Media Musings Blog Archive Angels and Demons The Ancient Egyptians believed that when a person died their heart was weighed by the Gods to determine whether the individual had led a virtuous life or if they had sinned.
If the scales were balanced the person was permitted into the afterlife. If they were out of balance, well, a fearsome beast ate the heart. Upon reading this I couldn't help but make a connection between this ancient belief and the Australian media. A tad dramatic, but I find extreme analogies always drive home the point. We love a scandal. We love a drama. We love headlines that make our mouth drop. We live vicariously through the personalities that get it right and we love to distance ourselves from the ones that get it oh so wrong. Shining example of a celebrity bad boy? Brenda Fevola. His cheating, gambling, lying, boozing, partying ways may have cost him his AFL career, but boy did it grant him numerous headlines, newspaper articles and even television documentaries. Exhibit B: Lara Bingle. Let us not forget the only thing that sells just as much as the demonisation of personalities, and that is celebrities trying to evolve into a new and improved person. The media loves giving personalities a chance to redeem themselves. Cue Ben Cousins. He was drugged up, he partied hard, he rebelled and he failed rehab. He was a tabloid's dream. Then he decided to make a two part documentary about re building his life and his AFL career after his battle with drugs was over. The media gods held an impromptu meeting and alas, Ben Cousins is now good. I'm going to finish this with a small list of Aussie personalities who have been judged by the Ancient Egyptian Gods I mean the media. Feel free to leave your list in the comments below. Sem napite komentIt was only after the partition of Poland that Russia began to play a great part in Europe. To such statesmen as she had then that act of gucci bag brigandage must have appeared inspired by great political wisdom. 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It was an unanswerable argument. I gucci bags couldn t share my young friend s surprise and indignation. My practice of reflection had also convinced me that there is nothing on earth Michael Kors Handbags that turns quicker on its pivot than political idealism when touched by the breath of practical politics.
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