I was doing a blog search this morning about Jade Goody losing her battle to cancer . What I found interesting was that news of her death still came under entertainment. Jade came from an underpriviledged background – and according to this writer she wasn’t “meant to be famous”.
“despite the supposed democratisation of television, the truly uneducated, those marked by true poverty and deprivation, rarely appear in our light entertainment schedules. ”
Is the fact that she didn’t quite fit the bill of a conventional celebrity the reason why she has elicited such strong reaction?
Jade planned the intricate details of her funeral in advance and this Hindu man wants to do the same, but he’s having to go to court to get his way. Devender Ghai is calling for the open air funeral pyres to be legal across Britain. He says
“Local Authorities routinely provide separate Muslim and Jewish burial grounds and out-of-hours registration and immediate or weekend burials. Hindus should cremate before the following sunset too and yet we, along with the general public, wait for up to a week.”
How much should people be tolerant of religion in face of local customs?
The Dalai Lama has been refused entry into South Africa for a peace meeting. It’s “in the country’s best interests” and here’s why – extensive Chinese business interests come first. But many are unhappy that South Africa has succumbed to Chinese pressure. Should commercial interests come before moral authority?
American Idol was rescheduled last week because….President Obama was on TV. Here’s why he was good for TV – and despite his gaffe, his appearance has done the trick .
“Once again Obama’s gamble has paid off: He understands that in an age of non-stop multimedia scrutiny, letting himself be seen as a flawed, occasionally even insensitive human being will not just not hurt him, it will keep people watching and listening. ”
Should the president be spending his time on popular chat shows or is he just playing to his strengths?
One story that caught my attention over the weekend was the death of a terminally ill baby boy following a court ruling that his life support machine must be switched off. His parents fought to keep him alive and they might sue the hospital for his death. Who should have the ultimate say in a child’s life – doctors or parents?
In 10 years time “the World War II biological clock will come to an end”. This is the reason why the hunt for the last Nazis continues. The prospect of these suspects being convincted is slim – so what’s the point?
Last week it was bonuses (that debates continues), and this week President Obama is looking for investors to buy up bad assets in an expansion of the bail out plan. But can you really expect to bank on the private sector?