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Memo to Kim Kardashian: no one wants to hear your thoughts on the Middle East

With the exception, perhaps, of gossip site tmz.com, it's hard to think of anything that has done more to destroy whatever mystique celebrities once had than giving them access to the internet. Whether it's via their personal blogs or social media, celebrities have wreaked more havoc on their own reputations than Lindsay Lohan has caused on La's freeways.

The only thing newspapers love more than nubile blond 17-year-olds jumping for joy on A-level day is padding out stories about recent news events with quotes from celebrities' Twitter feeds. Celebrities, always attuned to the possibility of more publicity, have realised this and reacted accordingly, with predictable results. In October, Lindsay Lohan – for it is she – urged folk on the east coast to stop fretting about Hurricane Sandy: "Why is everyone in Such a panic »

- Hadley Freeman

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