Wednesday, April 23, 2008

If you don't aspire too highly, it's easy to achieve your goals

We're screwed, aren't we? In some-sort-of-survey into heroes, Brits under 25 chose Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty as their "ultimate heroes".

We can sort of see why Winehouse might just still look like a role model if you're a bit confused - she's fighting back against her demons, intshe? - but Doherty? How hollow must your life be if you can't think of anyone more heroic than Pete Doherty. He's not even made a decent record in a cat's lifetime.

It might just be the methodology of the vague survey - perhaps Doherty was the only person who got two votes, and everyone else asked chose a different hero. Or maybe there were only limited people to choose from, in which case it would make a bit more sense that unlikely choices would bubble to the surface. Perhaps the respondents were taking the piss.

Or - just maybe - people really can't separate being famous and being heroic any more. Oh god, we're screwed, aren't we?


Anonymous said...

he made a good record in 2002. is a cats lifetime 6 years??

Christopher said...

Dohertey actually came second in the male half of the survey to Steven Gerrard. Which does suggest people were choosing from a pre-prepared list because... he doesn't exactly spring to mind automatically.

And its not as though adults could be expected to choose more sensibly. Their top fives featuring such heroic figures as George Clooney, That Dead Woman, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, Victoria Beckham, Gordon Ramsey, and alcoholic wife-beater and kidney waster George Best.

simon h b said...

If you give it crack, pretty much six years.

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