What does the ‘balloon dad’ story say about fame?

Posted Oct. 19, 2009, at 4:52 p.m.

The ratings-grabbing cable TV news story about the escaped helium balloon which public safety officials feared was carrying a six-year-old boy is now being called a hoax. The boy’s father may have released the balloon to garner attention, hoping to land a spot on a

reality TV show. What does this say about he nature of fame? What does it say about those people who stayed glued to the TV screen? Should the father be prosecuted?

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