Celebrity as Modern Folk Morality Play: What Can UUs Learn From Paris Hilton?

The modern fascination with Reality TV and the superficial antics of Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods, and Paris Hilton provide titillation for many, but may offer more significance to the thoughtful. Since the Pilgrims, a defining aspect of American culture has been a fascination with the morality play as a means of transmitting common moral values through the use of negative role modeling. Today’s pervasive tabloid culture may perform a similar function, and offer insight into dominate shared secular values of our emerging post-industrial society. Lay Leader, Mike Bonilla. Speaker, Mike Walleri. Children’s Story, Heather Neville. Accompanist, Marsha Sousa.