HE SAYS:

The growing popularity of child and even toddler beauty pageants is, as far as I am concerned, just another vivid example of the excesses and absurdities of our sinking culture.

Why in the world would any self-respecting parent engage in this bizarre display of dress-up gone mad with their very young daughters?   I know that there can be money to be made but that only adds to the problem to think that there is a market for this type of extreme exploitation not to mention making a mockery of your child.

We are becoming a society, as reflected by the popularity of a host of ever more outrageous reality shows, including one on the very subject of child pageants, that revels in watching the disturbed, the dysfunctional, the pathetic, and the outright weird activities and conduct of other people.  It is as if we all want to vicariously immerse ourselves into the lowest depths that our culture can conjure up for our amusement or, worse yet, to satisfy our craving for a dose of what we are starting to believe is, in fact, reality.

How did this happen?   Well, I have said it before and I will say it again.  Attention seekers have always been around; however, it accelerated with the advent of the Internet and social platforms where everyone can fulfill their fantasy of garnering their 15 minutes of fame and notoriety.  It has since moved on to all forms of media and our culture is being reduced to one mad, desperate quest for attention.

It seems that some people will do anything for a little attention in this world and, by the same token, there is nothing we will not watch as other people strive to get our attention.  We are becoming a nation of voyeurs who are content to look in on other people’s lives and activities as long as it is outrageous and devoid of any meaningful information.  Our culture is rapidly becoming a wasteland of those who will do anything in order to be noticed and those that will watch anything in order to be mesmerized by the next “train wreck” or who feel that if it seems real, no matter how contrived or mundane, it must be worthwhile. 

Some people are being led to believe that reality shows, and child beauty pageants, and home videos on the Internet, and all the other attention seekers are just bringing our culture to the widest audience possible where everyone can participate when, in reality, much of our popular culture is fast becoming just a sad freak show.

By the way, I see the irony of writing a blog about attention seekers, so feel free to comment.

WHAT DO YOU SAY?