Society has always been fascinated by celebrities, but it's never been as central to our popular culture as it is now. And it seems the badder the behaviour, the more we're obsessed.
Which partly explains the continued presence of Rob Ford on the national landscape.
The larger-than-life mayor of Toronto has had his 15 minutes of fame and then some, thanks partly to an entertainment media geared almost exclusively to reporting stuff that in another era was left to the likes of the National Enquirer.
And 21st-century social media, which turns every smart phone-carrying citizen into a paparazzo, magnifies and extends that scrutiny.
It helps, of course, if the subject of all this attention is not, shall we say, coy about it.
This bit of chin-stroking has been prompted by the entirely predictable flutter Ford caused when he showed up at a Toronto Maple Leafs game Saturday night.
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