Thursday, April 28, 2005


It's been a long time, I know, but I just printed out the dissertation and now I may have more time to write this blog. Martha's been keeping a faily low profile anyway. But not completely low--she was on the cover of the Post this week. Hopeless tabloid rag that it is, you can always count on the post for a headline. This one was "Houesbroken: Martha Probed for Leaving Home to Hit Hot Gala." You see, Martha's allowed to leave the house for 48 hours a week for work purposes. She can meet with people, hold meetings, etc. She can even apparently, receive awards, like the one she picked up last week at the American Magazine Awards. This is all cool. But a party is another thing. She did't speak, she did't pick up an award. Maybe she networked, but that was about it. It was a big gala to celebrate Time Magazine's 100 most influential people, of whom the domestic diva was one. The feds say going to a party just to garner publicity is not a valid work issue. But there's the rub. In our postmodern world fame is the most valuable of all coins. People like Martha, who are famous for being famous, have to cultivate that fame. The most important thing she does for her company is get her name in the papers. Like Donald Trump (another guest at the party, who is pictured with Marth in the Post article), Martha's job is to be well known. Her name is her most marketable asset, so when Time Magazine names her one of the 100 most influential people, of course she has to show up to the party. That is her job. If you're going to let the woman out to work, then you need to let her do her job. No? The Feds don't get that, but they are hopelessly mired in a modernist, master narative type paradigm. I just want to know how her low-jack ankle bracelet lookes with formal wear. You know she shows it off to everybody. I hope she painted it pearl white to match her blazer.


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