Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Celebrity culture inspires a life of underachieving

IS Grace Dent the new Julie Burchill? Her veneration of Kim Kardashian (Saturday Review, March 29) misses an important point about the danger of this type of celebrity culture.

I know that it must be hard for clever readers to understand this, but the young, mainly working-class girls, whom I used to teach, really believe they can become Kim, or Katie Price, or any other of these women who appear to have little actual skill, yet are able to attain wealth and popularity.

So they underachieve chronically in their studies. These kids then have to live the rest of their lives with disappointment and poor prospects of gainful employment.

CHRIS HUGO

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