Thursday, 5 February 2009

Media exposure, the Cinderella effect, and a tale of epic Greek proportions

Image (c) Rex Features

Jade Goody rose to fame as the face of a leering, ill educated section of British society. She rose to prominence in 2002, when she appeared on the reality TV show Big Brother. 

Since then, her life has been lived in the full glare of the tabloids. Now she has cancer and it seems to be terminal. Yet still the TV cameras are rolling. It's a messy, tragic, horrible business, and my heart goes out to this 27 year old mother, facing the cruellest of fates.

Yet, there is something about this voyeuristic journey that leaves me with a sense of deep disquiet. My sentiments are best mirrored in this excellent article from the Guardian.

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