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Why is Anna Nicole Smith's death such big news?

I mean, how many more people died in Darfur today?

Well, that's not entirely fair. But Anna Nicole Smith was a minor celebrity who's chief claim to fame was being unashamed about marrying for money. Why is this a major news event? Rather than the Lt. Ehren Watada trial, or the Scooter Libby trial, or the latest global warming report?

What exactly am I missing here?

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Re: Why is Anna Nicole Smith's death such big news?

Because of the story that is left behind of how she died & her 5 month old daughter, who does not have a father.
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Re: Why is Anna Nicole Smith's death such big news?

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Because of the story that is left behind of how she died & her 5 month old daughter, who does not have a father.
That doesn't make sense. There are THOUSANDS of American kids left withoutr a parent as a result of the Iraq war. How their parent died is certainly news. And news more critically to the lives of the average American.

This calls to mind a passage froma paper by Steve Ray called Mary, Saints, Worship and Salvation. The paper isn't relevent to this issue, but the passage is.
"Weakness in language, lack of knowledge of history (especially of hierarchies and kingdoms), leveling of our social consciousness, lack of respect for elders, nobility, and heroes, reflected in the fact that most “heroes” today are not the kind of heroes venerated in generations past, those moral and principled folks who stood for goodness, truth, and beauty even at the expense of their own lives at times. Heroes today are simply those who are famous for being well known, such as sports figures, rock stars, and the like. "

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Re: Why is Anna Nicole Smith's death such big news?

I have no clue.




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Re: Why is Anna Nicole Smith's death such big news?

For one thing she just recently completed her own reality show, which many people watched. So I guess they sort of feel like they know her.

Also it was a sudden death under mysterious circumstances.
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because news stations want ratings...they couldn't care less about the news

this story is going to go on and on for weeks now because it's an easy way to make money with very low cost

ugh, why do they all suck????????
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Re: Why is Anna Nicole Smith's death such big news?

She's a pop-culutre icon for God's sake. I have been reading a few people spewing immense detestation towards Anna, and it's truly perturbing. Some have been talking about "so what?" "Why do people even care?" It goes to show how insenstive some of the people on this board are. The only one I can think of at the moment is bloc_party. What a complete and utter jerk!

Yes, there are thousands of people dying each day, but you have to keep in mind that Anna Nicole was constantly under the public eye. Why the heck on Earth wouldn't her death be highly publicized? Especially given the circumstances of the last 5 or 6 months. I have to wonder if some of you went to school. It's truly sad and shokcing to see so much apathy.
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Re: Why is Anna Nicole Smith's death such big news?

she was a major celebrity, not a minor one. when celebrities die, it is usually covered by the press. Do you expect the press to cover every single death that occured in Iraq, Darfur, etc. yesterday?

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Re: Why is Anna Nicole Smith's death such big news?

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she was a major celebrity, not a minor one. when celebrities die, it is usually covered by the press. Do you expect the press to cover every single death that occured in Iraq, Darfur, etc. yesterday?
Not surprised at the press coverage, but I am surprised at the reaction.




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Re: Why is Anna Nicole Smith's death such big news?

She's a huge celebrity that people felt they knew to some degree. So ofcourse they are going to react to her death.
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Re: Why is Anna Nicole Smith's death such big news?

because more people know (as in know who she is) her
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Re: Why is Anna Nicole Smith's death such big news?

I dont get it either.
Seems like all this drama belongs on the E! channel, and not CNN.


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Re: Why is Anna Nicole Smith's death such big news?

at first i didnt understand either
but it came up in one of my classes today and my professor made some good points:

compare her story/situation to a few recent celebs who have gotten just as much media coverage over their deaths recently

ex-prez ford, james brown, ect.

her death was both sudden and unexpected, theirs not as much
we still dont know why she died, there was no mystery around the others
but most importantly how many times have you heard about her in the news before her death...many many times
before the others there wasnt much going on with them, but this one has drama/mystery all over the place

also he made the point people my age and younger (im 19) wouldnt really grasp how much of a celebrity she really was since her prime and best days were more before our pop culture time

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Re: Why is Anna Nicole Smith's death such big news?

she was playmate of the year
guess model
reality tv show star
trim spa spokes person
biggest of all was her personal life
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Re: Why is Anna Nicole Smith's death such big news?

It doesn't matter if you like it or not, the reality is Americans love there celebrities, not matter who good or bad.

It's like what L.A. radio DJ Richard Blade said the other day, it's amazing how warped our priorities are when people are dying in Iraq everyday while a woman who was famous for simply being famous grabs all the headlines.

I'm not going to deny I am shocked at Anna's death. I actually liked her. But after all the crazy stuff that has been happening in the world, it makes you realize how messed up we really are.

Anna Nicole was escapism and in 50 years, she will probably still be talked about.....
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