Friday morning, less than 24 hours after she died in a Florida hotel room, the Drudge Report — our media culture's digital arbiter of all things tacky and prurient — had 12 items posted on the onetime topless dancer. That would account for some of the media frenzy surrounding her death. It's a little-known fact, but certain sectors of the broadcast media have long believed that if a dozen items on Anna Nicole Smith ever were posted on Drudge simultaneously, it would herald the onset of the apocalypse. Who knew? This is the way the world ends — neither with a bang nor a whimper but with cleavage.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Anna Nicole Died For Old Media Sins
If Anna Nicole's death heralds the beginning of the Apocalypse, then who are the other three horsemen? Execs from Viacom? Suits from Turner Entertainment? Excellent media navel-gazing column from the L.A. Times' Tim Rutten: