The New York Times reported today that during the week David Blaine spent submerged in a water- filled sphere in Lincoln Center, 11 people were murdered in New York, the war in Iraq continued, a suicide bomber killed 16 police recruits in Falluja and a helicopter crash killed 10 soldiers in Afghanistan. But yet, Blaine’s waterlogged body remained a top news story and attracted thousands of spectators to see the bubble boy in action (or lack thereof.) At the end of his week living in a fish tank, Blaine attempted the impossible – holding his breath to the point where he almost died to beat some world record. Now there’s a noble cause.
Are we really that desperate for a distraction in today’s world that we succumb to watching a stuntman’s skin shrivel up? It seems as though almost every local and national news outlet is. Not only is there a two hour television special, but it was the top news story covered. After reading about the many important events that were taking place last week, I’m sure I heard more about Blaine’s stunt than all of those combined. It’s a shame.
After being treated by emergency technicians, Blaine managed to utter the words "I love you" to the crowd. I think the general public loves him too – for allowing us to escape the harsh realities of today’s world with a little pointless, but nonetheless, life-threatening publicity stunt.