So my internet's been out for the weekend, and when it comes back I have something like 250 emails in my Livejournal folder, where the comment notifications live. Oh God, I think, some horrible fight must have broken out while I was gone. So I go to LJ itself to read over the comments and, miraculously enough, there are a few people who disagree but (and I'm still reading page four here, so knock on wood) it all seems to be intelligent discussion. So thank y'all, first of all, for that. And then I realize that people have been linking to it, which is why so many people are commenting. So I go to Technorati to see who's been linking--not "who" so much as what they've said when doing so. It doesn't pull everything, but people here mentioned a few other links they came from as well, and what I'm seeing a lot is, "Cleolinda said exactly what I was thinking, so I'll just link to her rather than go off on a fresh tangent." And I have to say... I feel kind of embarrassed now that I wasted a thousand words on Paris Hilton. And a lot of the criticism has been, "Why are we spending so much time on this waste when real things, bad things, are happening around the world?" The long answer to this is, because there's something satisfying about a small and petty victory; because we're not going to get victory or even closure in any of these world issues for a very, very long time, if ever. We can't fix Darfur or world hunger in a weekend, but by God, we can see that some vapid party girl doesn't wriggle out of her jail time. The short answer is, uh... I don't know. It really is a pretty shallow, annoying thing. But people now have my thousand-word rant to link to instead of wasting even more words or time on her, so... it evens out?