February 29, 2004
This just in: children love the Beatles!

Last Friday the late lamented (blogwise) Jackie D gave a talk chez moi, about fame and all that.

This is the sort of thing she was referring to:

Celebrities such as Jordan, Kylie and David Beckham are becoming more influential to young people than their parents, teachers and even school friends, a study suggested yesterday.

Star-struck youngsters are treating their famous role models as "pseudo friends", the research found. However, when hero worship turned into obsession, young fans could be left feeling isolated and lacking in social skills, the psychologists concluded.

Academics from Leicester and Coventry universities studied how celebrities influence young people and their social networks. Previously parents, teachers and friends had always been the key influence on children. However, more recently young people were being exposed to other influences such as pop stars, actors and sporting heroes.

To me what is extraordinary about this "research" is that they have finally noticed. This kind of thing has been going on at least since the 1960s.

The difference, if there is one, is that so many children are, I fear, being prepared for life only by television, which is no preparation at all.

Happy Feb 29. I wanted to put something up here today, however slight.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 11:57 PM
Category: This and that