Daily Archives: August 13, 2010

Paris Hilton and America’s Celebrity Driven Culture by Gregory Hilton

Surrounded by the paparazzi, as usual, Paris Hilton arrives for lunch in Beverly Hills. She is driving one of her two Bentley Continental GT's with "PH" hood ornaments. The list price is $242,000, and she also has a $450,000 Lamborghini Murcielago. Her three bodyguards were in a separate vehicle. The socialite says "I always wanted a bubblegum pink car. I think when you’re a little girl and you have the Barbie corvette you’re like, ‘I wish I had a car like this one.’ I selected this car because I have been a fan of Barbie for so long.”

When historians look back on the summer of 2010 they will be able to note the number one Yahoo “trending now” search term was Paris Hilton. She is famous for being famous. In 2007, the Associated Press editors conducted a test to see if it was possible to not report about her activities for a week. At the end of the year they had failed to accomplish that goal. Continue reading