I'm a firm believer in the benefits of social media. But this is not to say that social media does not have its issues. Take three young adults in New Jersey and three social media platforms and I think you all know what I mean.
Tyler Clementi isn't dead because he was gay. Yes, he had his personal life splashed all over the internet because was gay. But this doesn't explain why his tormentors felt no compunction about violating his privacy in such an egregious and cruel manner.
What makes Adrian Grenier's Teenage Paparazzo unique is that it is presented through the eyes a teen and his family. We see, from their point of view, the compelling attractions and insidious risks of celebrity culture.
In an ideal world, media outlets would ignore the trivial banalities of celebrity meltdowns and focus primarily on the real world issues that concern us all. However, the media needs to give the people what they want in order to survive.
As the recession continues, the war seemingly having no end in sight, and people struggling every day simply to pay their bills, we are no longer willing to sit by and laugh at Perez's arrogance. It's just not cool to support a bully.
Rumors are as much a part of SXSW as live music and Lone Star beer. This year speculation's swirling around the Levi's/FADER Fort, Perez Hilton's party and whether Red Bull's Moontower Party will return.