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ggusta said:
I don't get this over valuing of famous people by our culture. Does testicular cancer run in your family?

I'll tell you what, diabetes and heart condition runs in my family, I don't need some celeb-u-tard or athelete with diabetes or heart condition to raise my awareness. What am I supposed to do about cancer? Worry about the slim chance I might get testicular cancer.

When I was 20, I wasn't aware of my own mortality nearly as much as I am now, it wasn't like I was walking along unaware and then Lance got cancer and I said, "Oh crap, we're all gonna die!" That's just dumb and makes my point for me.

You settle down, start a family and then you realize you need to keep living to make sure your wife and kids lives aren't ruined by your untimely death and ignoring your own body's messages to you. It's called growing up. Some people need these remote celebrities to become aware of the things they should be aware of in their own home even if they never read a paper or owned a TV.

All this technology seems to distort our sense of reality by putting family at a distance and famous people we'll never meet now stand in their places.

It's just plain fucked, I tell ya'.

good post.

I think you can extend that to all this obsession with LA as a personality etc. All this angst over his actions, interpreting them endlessly. Who really GAF? What he achieves on the bike, and maybe how he achieves it- of interest - outside of that - why care? No-one really has a clue what he, schleck, AC are really like from their public presence. One thing I learnt from music, the less you know about musicians the better, you start digging into their personalities - you stop enjoying the music. The music is usually the best part of them. Sports people aren't quite as bad, but it's a similar issue. On a bike AC and LA deserve huge respect - off the bike just some dudes, why get so bothered?
 
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Digger said:
I'll say one thing for Lance. Fantastic legal, PR and marketing people behind him. Which is a good thing, because going by that letter he sent to the Wall Street Journal, he is very poorly educated.

Check out the twitter logs of all the pro cyclists you know of. Uncensored and unedited, they come off quite often as borderline illiterate. I think it has something to do with spending 6-10 hours a day turning circles with their feet instead of going to college. It worked for them if you know who they are.
 
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derailleur said:
Check out the twitter logs of all the pro cyclists you know of. Uncensored and unedited, they come off quite often as borderline illiterate. I think it has something to do with spending 6-10 hours a day turning circles with their feet instead of going to college. It worked for them if you know who they are.

Perhaps, but I think twitter is a close relative to texting and text language