Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Dr. Phil, the Ultimate Public Intellectual

'France has public intellectuals--we have Dr. Phil...Can't we admit we have something to learn from them?'
--Comedian Bill Maher, riffing recently on his HBO program

16 Comments:

At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Lou said...

I say we learn a lot from Dr. Phil. You can be substance dependent, a rather loutish partner, glom onto a celebrity and become one yourself. I love this country!

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Lou, I couldn't have said it any better. He gives me the creeps.

 
At 5:53 PM, Anonymous M├Ądchen said...

placing a blurb about that boob, not to mention his photo, just above the bill moyers post? Good lord, have some respect for the man. what an insult to the James Brown (hardest working man) of journalism.

 
At 7:31 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

That's funny that you should mention that, because I had the same thought for a moment as I posted it. But then, opposites provide perspective sometimes. And Madchen, you win the prize, by the way, for the most interesting name ever to comment here. Thanks for reading and for joining the conversation.

 
At 12:17 AM, Blogger Art Durkee said...

Long live the Bills: Moyers and Maher.

 
At 10:26 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You said it, Art.

 
At 10:25 PM, Anonymous buster said...

Then there is Madchen Amick, one of the stars of David Lynch's "Twin Peaks". (It means "maiden" in German.)

 
At 8:05 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

How learned of you, Buster.

 
At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Buster said...

And then there is Michael Learned of "The Waltons"...

 
At 10:56 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Don't forget the famous Judge Learned Hand.

 
At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Buster said...

And then there is our notable local Judge Hands-off: http://www.legalreader.com/archives/003325.html

 
At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Buster said...

Clickable this tiem:

http://www.legalreader.com/archives/003325.html

 
At 1:55 AM, Anonymous Mr. Buster said...

After that egregious lapse in taste, here is something more on-topic from AlterNet: .

 
At 1:57 AM, Anonymous Mr. Buster said...

 
At 1:58 AM, Anonymous Mr. Buster said...

Dr. Phil Was Once My Guilty Pleasure, But He's Lost Me and His Moral Ground

http://www.alternet.org/sex/51888/

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

This article says it well. It explains why I winced, just a little, when a family member gave me a Dr. Phil book for Christmas. I try to learn from everyone, but Dr. Phil seems a little over the top most of the time.

 

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