"Bling Ring" coincides with the release of another movie, "This is the End," a satire of young famous male stars who play themselves at the very moment the apocalypse arrives; they watch the newly dead ascend to heaven or sink into the fiery furnace. The movie suggests the end of narcissistic male movies like this one, and perhaps the end of the hyperbolic doom-and-gloom preaching about the end of the world as we know it -- like global warming, although that may be giving Al Gore too much credit.
Both films testify to the growing urge to demolish today's celebrity, exposing the depth of the shallows of the popular culture. One of the guilty burglar-girls, schooled in the jargon of the new age, says her crimes have been a "huge learning experience" and she's sure they will help her "grow" into the leader for good works in the world. She tells Vanity Fair, in the article on which "Bling Ring" was based, that she "identifies" with Angelina Jolie, "even stronger, pushing even harder for the universe and for peace and for the health of out planet." She wants to do something that people will notice: "I want to lead a huge charity organization."
From the intersection of politics and culture, the scene of endless traffic jams, we see the sloppy self-righteousness of political celebrity writ large. We see Edward Snowden, a 30-year-old technology geek clever with computers crowned as a champion of derring-do, admired for breaking his oath and revealing national security secrets. An online petition seeking a pardon for his crimes went to the White House with more than a hundred thousand names on it. Thousands in a poll said they consider him a national "hero."
"We've made treason cool," New York Post columnist Ralph Peters tells "Fox Friends." "He wants to be the national security Kim Kardashian." A celebrity's celebrity, you might say. One tweeter parodying Snowden's ambivalent voice as traitor, spy and hero, concludes, "I am in dire need of attention, that's for sure." That sounds about right.