"Britney! Paris! Lindsay!" declared ABC's Kate Snow (subscription required) . "We live in a world where the average young girl now knows about hard-partying stars." Fair enough that all three networks could not resist the Anna Nicole Smith story yesterday. Its insignificance was genuinely fascinating. No such tolerance is deserved for Snow's disingenuous effort to find some news value in Britney Spears' bald head. "For parents of this fast-moving infosavvy generation it can feel like a losing battle against a barrage of images," was the stretch Snow used, trying vainly to convert those tabloid headlines into anxieties about depression, low self-esteem, eating disorders and premature promiscuity.
Just because Spears was formerly a Mouseketeer, that does not elevate her sordid dysfunction into a legitimate health threat to the current generation of girls.
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