April 28, 2007

Sarah Polley

Here. Read this. It's about Sarah Polley, and it's a really lovely piece about a really smart, lovely young woman.

I've been on a bit of tirade of late about the sorry state of our media, and the pandering to the lowest common denominator. Celebrity 'news' has ousted real news, and we're all about the red carpet at the cost of knowing what's going on in our world. This article is the balance I've been looking for - a well-written piece about someone who is absolutely in the spotlight - has been all her life, in fact - and yet, is never trashy or irritating. Polley is no emotional or intellectual lightweight.

I'm sick of Alec Baldwin, and I never cared what he yelled at his kid. I'm sick of being told which Olsen twin is swinging from a charm bracelet this week (thanks, EB), and what colour Lindsay Lohan's hair is today. I don't care if Britney is wearing underpants; I don't care if Paris has put out for the whole Raiders team; I don't worry about whether Brad and Angelina can make a go of it.

I'm not sorry if Jenn is lonely. If Katie is being held hostage by Tom, it's her own damned fault. It looks like Anna Nicole won't find any more peace in death than she did in life. England is ramping up for the 10th anniversary of Di's death - for crying out loud, she was a blithering twit who manipulated everyone around her, most effectively the press, and she's still at it.

Sarah Polley, you can land on the cover of my papers anytime. With a little luck, you'll shovel off the far less deserving to the sidelines. And you'll do it in a pair of jeans and with a wisdom beyond your years.

The others should take notes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: The media

In the song "Dirty Laundry", Don Henley went on about how the news wanted to show blood and gore, "Bubble headed bleach blond...she can tell you bout the plane crash, with a gleam in her eye."

News has turned into base voyerism.

Case in point: In Feburary, a 16 yr old in Brantford was being honoured with a citation for bravery. Politicains, dignitaries and all media outlets, (local paper, radio, Hamilton and Kitchener TV news) were sent releases and invited. Military Officals pinned a medal on her chest, the politicans showed and made speeches, proud relatives and friends were there and took many pictures, not one media outlet cared enough to show.

A few weeks later, again in Brantford, a group of high school students, obviously up to no good, staged a walkout in protest of a school closure. This time, the media was tripping over themslves. CBC, CTV and CH came and covered the unruly mob and interviewed some of the miscreant students, including the above mentioned 16 yr old. She got 1 1/2 minutes of airtime for being disruptive and protesting.

Whats the lesson here to our youth?

Acting up gets more attention than acting right. Thats what the media promotes.

The source of my information: it was my Daughter both times.

DJ Weatherbee

April 29, 2007 7:15 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Hey, DJ, do me a favour if you read this and flip me an email at my contact. I'd like to talk to you about this...


April 29, 2007 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lorraine,

I found myself agreeing wholeheartedly with your comments... and then I thought, hang on a sec, what are the media actually doing? Sure, there's scandalmongering out there, but 'we' (the great British / American / Canadian public) like to know what celebs are up to. If Baldwin and Lohan act like jerks, that is how the press are going to report it, isn't it?

I am a massive Sarah Polley fan and must have read dozens of interviews with her. The one you link comes across much as recent interviews in the NY Times, or in the Daily Telegraph where I live in the UK. In fact, all these pieces are sensible, sensitive and thoughtful. But then Sarah herself is open, candid, intelligent and dignified. What else can the interviews do except reflect this woman's true beauty? If more of our celebrities lived by Sarah's standards, the gutter press wouldn't have the material they need.

Dave S: 'DoctorZero99'

April 30, 2007 9:31 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Hey Dave, thanks for supplying the word - dignity. That's what is missing.

And the media will play chicken-and-the egg with you all day long - we're all at fault for not demanding better. It's nice to see a talented woman like Polley refusing to play along.

April 30, 2007 12:00 PM  

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