Average America

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    Nov 16, 2007 1:23 PM GMT
    We may be fascinated by the rich and famous, but polls show we don't want to be them: the average American lives 13 years longer than the average celebrity, who is four times as likely to commit suicide.

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    What O'Keefe found in his travels was that being average usually means having a certain balance in your life. "Once you explain it in those terms," he says, "it's a pretty fulfilling thing for most Americans." Think of it as the wisdom of crowds, and pretty soon the average just might become your ideal.

    [url]http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1674995_1683300,00.html?cnn=yes[/url]

    Onward to mediocracy???
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    Nov 16, 2007 1:29 PM GMT
    Interesting, but I don't think it's so much "mediocrity" that I would prefer as much as "anonymity." That's the thing about the celebrity life that I personally find hard to imagine - not only the lack of privacy in a lot of cases, but also the degree to which these people become community property and will say whatever they want about you... things that they would probably never say out loud about the Average Joe.
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    Nov 16, 2007 4:13 PM GMT
    Interesting article Caslon