Carol Platt Liebau: Declining to Be Taken Seriously

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Declining to Be Taken Seriously

There is no reason in the world for the LA Times to have run this piece in yesterday's paper.

Is there anyone who believes that an article about women undergoing plastic surgery to their private parts in an effort to emulate porn stars is newsworthy, uplifting, useful or even relevant to 99.9% of the reading public?

All it succeeds in doing is coarsening the tenor of our public conversation.

Surely even The Times can do better.

8 Comments:

Blogger Bachbone said...

Disgusting! Evidently the media are finding it necessary to imitate tabloids to gain circulation, even if that means catering to the perpetually adolescent. But that market has been the focus of the 'entertainment' industry for a long time, so perhaps they're just catching up with their peers.

10:58 AM  
Blogger LQ said...

Carol, I agree with everything you said, except the last sentence.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Sex sells. The fact that is sells demonstrates that these topics are interesting to most people.

You should move to Prudesylvania.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

So sex sells - so what? Does that mean we have to have a ton of unasked for garbage in our face? And in a "family" newspaper? Could this garbage be tied to the Times decreasing sales? Then your point would be incorrect.

If MSM needs to immitate tabloids for circulation, maybe they should rethink their mission to bring us "news".

8:40 AM  
Blogger nela_05 said...

800 procedures a year is a trend? What I object to in the article is the shoddy journalism worthy more of extreme tabloids than a major "serious" newspaper. The journalist claims that there is no data. Yes there is, but it would not look good for the story.

10:51 AM  
Blogger nela_05 said...

In case anyone wants to look at the cosmetic surgery stats, the url is http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=8567091&postID=114235939552367914 that I got via Robot Wisdom.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

The journalist claims that there is no data. Yes there is, but it would not look good for the story.

Where is this data? Please provide a link.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released stats today. See:

www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/asop-ps031506.php

6:42 PM  

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