Apr 18, 2007
The events this week at Virginia Tech are still incomprehensible to me, and I’m not even remotely close to the situation, nor do I know anyone who is. It’s especially tragic that this occurred on a college campus. Had this occurred in a workplace, there would have been people losing spouses, kids losing parents, and parents losing kids – and it certainly would have been horrific. But there’s a special quality to young adults who are of the typical age and enrolled at a college or university. I know because I fit the description at one time, and I have a son who will be in just three short years. There’s something very magical about a young man or woman who exudes intelligence, and who has his or her whole adult life still in front of them. They represent the promise of a better day; they are potential personified.
I don’t have much to add other than what’s already been said and will likely be said for many years to come, but that’s what makes this week’s terrible news especially disconcerting to me.
On a brighter note, I’d like to chime in on a meaningless thing on a lot of American’s minds right now: Sanjaya.
I’m on board, and I’ve been on board for several weeks now. I voted for him 30 times last night. Took me about 5 minutes. Call me a Howard Stern follower if you must, I don’t care. I’m a Sirius employee and I love the show, although I’ll contend to the grave that sidekick Artie Lang isn’t funny.
I view this Sanjaya situation much like I view a major snowstorm. I know it’s going to be a royal pain in the ass and screw things up, but it’s interesting. In some ways, Sanjaya is helping AI, but in other ways he’s hurting it, and I have to say I’m glad. American Idol has gotten too big, too powerful, and too unstoppable. It needed to be put in its place so to speak. However on top something or somebody is, there’s usually something that can and will knock it down, at least a few pegs, and I think it’s happened to AI. The snooty Simon Cowell says that is Sanjaya wins, he’ll quit the show. I would love to see that. I generally like Simon, but he’s not deserving of all the riches and fame he’s received. The guy’s not that interesting or talented. He’s one of the most powerful people in the music industry right now, yet he doesn’t sing, can’t read a note of music, and can’t play a single instrument. He certainly deserves to make the killing he is, but this ain’t Paul McCartney. He can’t shine Quincy Jones’ shows.
On a related note, I finally caught a few minutes of Dancing with the Stars at the gym last night. It’s one thing to be (kind of) into American Idol and fast forwarding through the boring parts, thanks to TIVO, especially with Sanjaya-mania running wild. And granted, some of the women on Dancing with the Stars are sexy. But if you’re a member of my gender and you’re watching this show religiously, I expect to see your Man Badge on my desk by the end of the day. You’ve lost it for life.