Dumb, dumber, Chris Martin
Live8 seems to have given suffering Africans the chance to revive sagging rock careers. Resident genius Chris Martin of Coldplay verifies my suspicion about Sir Bob Geldof's extravaganza: It was all about them.
I know we're supposed to get teary-eyed with appreciation toward the altrusim shown by these multi-millionaires toward poor Nigerians with cholera, but it's tempting to conclude that, for instance, Sir Elton John wanted to make fun of their plight with his celeb-studded party featuring men walking around dressed up as gorillas. Sir Paul McCartney injected a note of refreshing candor as to how important the suffering Africans are to him.
And don't get me started on the uselessness of Third World debt "forgiveness."
One thing's for sure. Live8 was the beginning of television's demise as the world's medium of choice. The Internet is killing not the radio star, but the TV star.