Say it ain't so!
It's flabbergasting how Kim Kardashian West's hijinks pass for news these days.
Just yesterday, she tweeted a photo of herself in front of a mirror with no clothes on. A couple of black rectangles cover her privates, but other than that, little is left to the imagination.
The photo was retweeted a whopping 15,000 times in the first two hours after she shared it. One can presume that, at this point, not too many people on the internet haven't seen or heard about the controversial picture.
Can you imagine the backlash such a photo would have drawn, say, two or three decades ago?
Apparently, baring it all is in style now even if you don't pose for Playboy. (Check that -- I just remembered that she posed for Playboy, too.)
The internet -- and, more specifically, social media -- has made it simpler than ever to put out racy pictures and generate massive buzz.
I've said it before: We're living in an age where people are far more likely to become famous for their misdeeds than for their good deeds. (Donald Trump, anyone?) Technology, of course, has helped facilitate that in a big way.
It seems many of the most controversial news stories these days revolve around shocking tweets, unsavory Facebook posts, and outrageous YouTube videos.
These vehicles have put celebrities and politicians under a microscope like never before. One gaffe or controversial remark and the media is ready to pounce on it, all in the name of higher ratings.
As I've noted in prior posts, I feel society is regressing intellectually. People seem to want more Trump and Kardashian, and less intellectualism and substance.
I think many of the world's late and great inventors, scientists, poets, and statesmen -- from Edison to Lincoln -- would marvel at how advanced technology has become in the 21st century, but in the same breath chafe at how society squanders innovation and ingenuity by focusing too intently on superficial people and things rather than on scientific breaththroughs and other more substantive topics.
Kim Kardashian West and others like her should begin to think about the example they're setting for their kids and young fans. I would not want my daughter emulating her or anyone else in the dysfunctional Kardashian family.
What do you think about Kardashian West's latest unseemly attempt -- a successful one at that -- to grab attention?