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    Smile feed a currently questionable fascination

    The massive and sensational coverage feeds a currently questionable fascination in American society with personalities rich, famous, allegedly glamorous, and often outrageous.

    Could you rephrase the line in bold so that it's easier to understand? Thanks.


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    Re: feed a currently questionable fascination

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    The massive and sensational coverage feeds a currently questionable fascination in American society with personalities rich, famous, allegedly glamorous, and often outrageous.

    Could you rephrase the line in bold so that it's easier to understand? Thanks.
    "Excessive media coverage encourages interest in celebrities and I don't like it one little bit."

    "a currently questionable fascination" is just poor English. Fascination with celebrity has probably always been distasteful to the writer not just currently. Their use of the word "questionable" is probably meant to indicate that they doubt the celebrities are worthy of the interest shown but it just confuses things to write "currently questionable". It is confusing and untenably conflates the current pervasiveness of the fascination with it's distastefulness and with the disreputability of it's subjects.

    The writer is probably just jealous.

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    Re: feed a currently questionable fascination

    Thanks, risby.

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