Rebellion just isn’t the same these days. People expect rebellion against the norm, and thus are conforming to society’s expectations when they rebel. Hal takes us on a mildly interesting journey of “Everyone’s Special”, showing us ourselves in the badly-lit mirror; hordes of celebrity-wannabes lining up for Idol tryouts, the marketing of the teacher/student sex scandal with tell-all books and movies, the need for violent criminals to get media attention to feed their special-ness. There are some poignant moments in the book, as he visits with people retreating from pop-culture in the British Columbia islands, people who shun TV and movies in favor of old fashioned, face-to-face community.
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