To see all the gallons of ink being expended by the British press on the untimely death of a certain Ms. Jade Goody, you'd think the reincarnation of Albert Einstein and Mother Teresa in one person had been cruelly snatched away from us, yet the truth of the matter is that to the extent this young woman had any distinguishing qualities in life, they were negative ones: she was deeply ignorant, rude, racist, uncouth, and hungry to the very end for unearned attention and the windfall wealth that can come with it. I won't go as far as to say I'm happy she's dead, but it will be a relief to me when the British media - and the shameless politicians looking to ride it - finally get a hold of themselves and focus on things that actually matter: certainly there is currently no shortage of wars and financial or political crises across the globe for them to devote attention to, rather than the life and death of one individual who showed that it is possible to make a "career" in TV by being rude, crude and totally untalented. Enough of the saturation coverage of this nobody!
PS: Will Self also has interesting things to say about this topic. What I find most revealing - seeing as I've tried my hardest to shut out this ridiculous media circus - is that Jade Goody likely would still be alive had she not ignored follow-up letters about her cervical screening: in other words, the very ignorance and irresponsibility which made her a media darling probably sent her to an early grave. If there is anything to celebrate in Ms. Goody's life story, it is well hidden from my eyes.