I lived there for two years after college.
Saugas cafe is nearby, last place James Dean ate before his crash.
I saw more Facebook posts mourning Paul Walker last weekend than I've seen for Nelson Mandela in the last 36 hours.
Yes, we could take an interesting census on the demographics of it all, but damn, it was depressing.
His death, like most people's, was unfortunate, but no one mentions that Walker, a 40 year old man, had a girlfriend was 7 years who was 23 years old.
My D23 was on Twitter, gasped and said oh my god, Paul Walker died.
I responded, as did my wife, who's Paul Walker? I guess it made me feel old.
At least I know who Nelson Mandela is and this is the first that I've posted anything on either. Demographics or not, it is still a sad commentary that Walker gets greater mention than Mandela.
aka, the people who cancel out your vote, think that his death was the Most Important Story of the week, and probably haven't heard of Nelson Mandela.
Welcome to the 21st century.
Now, this is not to put Walker's death in any sort of negative light, it was big of him to do charity work for the Filipino typhoon, and Coach Lance will always stand out as someone who never really went the River Phoenix road in Hollywood. That said, he didn't save an African nation almost single-handedly, and probably won't have a Matt Damon movie made about him. I agree it's sad that the LCD in this country will never really appreciate Mandela, despite the educated folk trying to hammer into their skull the importance of the man and his accomplishments.
My daughter never heard of him either.
I looked at what he appeared in, and I'd have little interest in it at any age. I was never interested in the Dukes Of Hazzard, either, 30 odd years ago. Except for Daisy.
on news outlets I take advantage of. I'm sure Perez Hilton and the like are paying him more attention, but entertainment outlets can be expected to cover primarily entertainment news.
Even if he were, it would likely be the man-bites-dog nature of a 40-year old star dying in a crash versus the dog-bites-man nature of a 95-year old leader known to have been in ill health passing away.
Or the American Taliban kid.
our society, how we view the world, and what we value.
Paul Walker was actually a person pretty worthy of respect and admiration. The guy went on and helped fund several humanitarian missions to natural disaster zones and was overall a very sincere humanitarian.
I think he likely deserves the mourning of his fans much moreso than a vast majority of other Hollywood douchebags.
...the media exists to relay all manner of information. Consequently, we know about all sorts of people we'd never hear of otherwise; and regardless of their careers, they are all human beings. We shouldn't value his life less because he was an actor.
It could be that your comment was ambiguous--if you mean that it is a reflection of how we use sad news for entertainment or diversion value, there is some merit in that view, but I think it is probably something that goes back to ancient times. Gossip is not a modern invention.
It's a tragedy that he died in a wreck. Lets not beatify him.
...an actor" equals beatification? I proudly stand by my transient opinion.
A man lost his life. By all accounts he was a good man, and he was traveling from a charity event at the time of his death.
I don't have strong feelings towards him, but for a Hollywood star reports seem to be that he was one of the good ones.
It's a very weird situation and I am stunned it has not gotten more publicity over the years.