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May 06, 2004

That's Why the Lady is a Genius

Tina Brown, hailed as latter-day Henry Luce for reviving Vanity Fair and The New Yorker with her daring insight that people like glossy pictures and kissy-ass interviews with celebrities, once again demonstrates her bona-fides as indispensible commentator by writing about the Friends finale.

"Here's a reason to miss Friends," she bubbles on the pages of The Washington Post. "Nostalgie de la boom. Through Friends we could keep on living the good life of careless Clinton-era prosperity."

Who knew?

"Friends reflects the boom years, too, with its characters' total lack of interest in what's going on in the world."

Hmmm... terrorism, Abu Ghraib, bodycounts, quagmire, the most important election in 20 or 30 years... and Tina Brown is writing about Friends. As, no doubt, is her sister-in-silliness Maureen Dowd.

One begins to understand why Ms. Brown will miss the show.

"They're focused purely on themselves and each other."

Again, the irony. The ineffable irony of a media queen praising a group for being "focused purely on themselves and each other." Has anyone ever met a reporter or media-type who wasn't interested primarily in other reporters or media-types?

"Even after 9/11 Friends managed to keep coasting along mainly by ignoring the event altogether, pretty much as Sex & the City did."

Not so much irony as clueless self-revelation. We think Tina's pretty much nailed the reason why she and Vapid Vamp Maureend Dowd spent thousands of column-inches endlessly twittering about Sex & the City while remaining defiantly clueless about the real world.

There's a bubble-mentality out there: We can change the world by imagining it differently than it is.

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