Tuesday 23 January 2018

Jody Corcoran: Modern fame favours the mediocre

It is easier to strive for the ordinary than to aim for the exceptional, writes Jody Corcoran

In recent years, a tier of people from television, sport, popular music and other areas of mass entertainment have become, if only temporarily, members of a system of celebrity.

By and large, these people have little to offer other than to represent the new ideal: body beautiful, average mind, and a passing competence in their field of endeavour.

To that list of passing competence you can add the field of politics: think Barack Obama singing Al Green; Nicolas Sarkozy courting Carla Bruni; Bertie Ahern in an aura of boybands and chicklit.

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