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Perspective - January 26, 2007

Streetwise

asked in Danville Square

As a culture, why are we fascinated by notorious celebrities?

You mean why does my wife read Perez Hilton (celebrity gossip columnist) every 15 minutes? That's a good question. Because America is bored. People have nothing better to do.

Tommy Pierson

manager of a loan company

It's because people are influenced by what they do and what they think is cool. They want to know about the stupid things celebrities do so they can laugh at them and feel better about themselves. It's like the whole Janet Jackson thing.

Shivani Deb

freshman at San Ramon Valley High School

Because they don't want to have to think about their own drama. They get caught up in the action just like reality TV.

Sahar Hejazi

assistant at a loan company

I don't know because I'm not interested in that. I don't want to read about other people, I'd prefer to read a book. It's possible that they use it to escape.

Robin Gai

stay-at-home mom

They want to think that famous people are just like us. Every movie star messes up.

Amanda Crook

freshman at San Ramon Valley High School.

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