Jeff Jarvis, former writer and editor for media-focused magazines and now blogging media critic, offers an excellent essay on how the firing of Tom Cruise from Paramount is an aberration in our celebrity-obsessed culture.

They [stars] are surrounded by sycophantic slatherers who would never dare give such blunt advice.

And that includes us. We feed the celebrity ego with endless attention – supposedly unwelcome, but don’t believe that – and bottomless pits of money, all of it echoing in the sublime isolation stars enjoy thanks to the well-fed posses around them.

But what should you expect when many television guides list “Entertainment Tonight” and it’s many clones as news programs?

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