Know your audience

If your idea of fun is mocking celebrities for their poorly thought out political views, especially on environmental issues, you'll love this story. The money quote is, "Barrymore, apparently enthralled by the lack of a modern sanitary facilities, gleefully bragged, "I took a poo in the woods hunched over like an animal. It was awesome." Personally, I already knew that a lot of celebrities don't have deeply considered views on the interaction between environmental issues and global poverty.

The thing I found interesting is a quote from one Paul Drissen, who's apparently an anti-environmentalist. His quote accuses the MTV show which the article is about of trying to create "
ventriloquest's dummies for the sustainable development movement." This makes some very strange assumptions about the audience being written for, in particular that they've not only heard of the sustainable development movement but also have a sharply negative view of it. Actually, having just looked at the other headlines on the site that article is from, it's pretty clear who the audience is. Still, I hadn't realized "sustainable development" had such cachet as a demonization.