This nice appreciation of Susan Boyle reminded me of the hip vs earnest bit from Randy Pausch’s book:

No matter how much we mock those we consider beneath us, it’s much more satisfying to be reminded that everyone has dignity…

Eventually, we’ll all feel like outcasts, and none of us wants to be laughed at. The Susan Boyle Story suggests we won’t be…

Whether or not that moral is true in the real world, it’s alluringly true in the Susan Boyle Story. By participating in the narrative that television has constructed for her, by cheering her on and watching her video over and over, we can not only feel good about graciously welcoming an outsider, but also feel relief for helping create a world that will someday welcome us.

[via marginal revolution]