Monday, March 05, 2007
Lure of the List
From Erte of Reho comes the question:
Why would anyone want to be an A-Lister?
Money. Power. Fame. But those are the boring reasons. Let's look a little deeper. I think it's because:
1. who doesn't like attention?
2. who doesn't like attention from someone with high (positive) visibility?
3. who doesn't like to feel as the fellow does in the Gaping Void cartoon (above)?
I think that way down deep inside, those of us who dream of the A-List have some very specific wants and needs in mind. Let's take some examples from, let's see - how about the gay community? Entry into the A-List there means:
1. you instantly morph into a "body of death."
2. you acquire a perfect and stunning boyfriend.
3. whatever is currently making you miserable (Saturday nights spent alone, walking into a bar and not knowing a single soul, personal invisibility) is irrevocably banished from your existence.
4. you become haphazardly and irreversibly happy.
Of course, alcohol can mimic a number of the items above, except for #2.
How can you tell if you are desperate to gain entry to the A-List?
1. you suffer from "I want what I can't have" syndrome.
2. you feel "there's a party going on and I'm not invited."
3. you watch E!
4. you're juicing.
But, like all lures, once you're actually caught by the A-List hook, you find yourself pulled in another environment altogether...