From the NYT, claims that Angelina Jolie “dictates terms to celebrity magazines” on their journalism.

When Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt negotiated with People and other celebrity magazines this summer for photos of their newborn twins and an interview, the stars were seeking more than the estimated $14 million they received from the deal. They also wanted a hefty slice of journalistic input — a promise that the winning magazine’s coverage would be positive, not merely in that instance but into the future. …

The winner was People. […] In the People interview, there were questions about her and Mr. Pitt’s charity work and no use of the word “Brangelina,” the tabloid amalgamation of their names, which irks the couple.

Why do I bring this up?  Is it to decry our fascination with celebrity?  To carp about how the media dances to the tune of financial interests?  To wonder – if print media are dead, how come nobody told People, Angelina or Brad?

None of those.  It’s because a reader of this blog is fascinated by Brangelina, and can’t hear enough about them.  Or perhaps he finds them exceptionally annoying, and never wants to hear about them again.  It’s been a while since we discussed it, so I forget.

Is there a topic you or a friend find intensely annoying or fascinating?  Let me know, and I’ll be sure to discuss or avoid it.


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