Three words: The Hunger Games. Wait, one more word: "scapegoat." Wait—oh, just watch the video already.
|American Literature||All American Literature|
|Author||Jackson - Shirley Jackson|
Society and Class
Tradition and Customs
…who becomes famous for a second…
…before the townsfolk stone her.
Has this come true for us in the digital age? Let’s noodle…
Well, we do have our own version of Old Men to pull some unlucky person’s name from
Care for an example of one of the lucky ones? How about everybody’s favorite: Snooki!
Instead of drawing a name and throwing a stone at the unlucky victim…
…we have a very similar moment of fleeting fame for the Reality TV star…
…until the Late Night TV shows pounce. Then it’s all downhill.
Are we acting just like the Townsfolk in “The Lottery” when we help spread the latest
celebrity gossip? Do our posts in the digital world cause as
much pain and anguish as the Townsfolk’s stones?
Are we sentencing these people to failure before they even have a chance?
Do people just go along with whatever is trendy?
Judging from the way we recycle celebrities, it seems that way.
Doesn’t poor Snooki have feelings, too?
Many people want to be famous…
…but at what cost?
Shmoop Amongst Yourselves.
Who doesn’t want to be famous? Plucked out of obscurity in front of an adoring crowd…who
will then throw stones, or Tweets, at you, until you’re nothing but a pile of slobbering
oatmeal? Is this what we’ve come to? An internet driven version of “The Lottery”?
Hide those bows and arrows. Just in case.