Walter Scott’s* Personality Parade is the feature on the first page of the weekly Parade Magazine. Tradition is that I read the Parade Magazine while eating my Sunday breakfast. However, I did not read Personality Parade for years because of sexist answers.** I’ve recently begun to skim it again and you know what? There is no reason for it to exist.
Back in the day, if you wondered something, like, say: “Did Theo James appear in a TV show before starring in Divergent?” you would have a few choices. You could just keep on wondering, waiting for the information to come to you. You could ask your friend who knows everything about movies/TV. You could call the library reference line. You could make a bet with your friend, so she would do all the research. You could write to a columnist and hope they published your answer.
But now? We have the internet. If you and your friend have a bet, you establish the parameters and then get out your phones and use them to find out that Theo James was Mr. Pamuk in Downton Abbey. Thirty seconds after the bet is made, you know the answers. So why are we still reading this column?
I know the answer. It has to do with promotion of upcoming things. The Wikipedia article tells me that even back in the day the questions were “composites” of actual reader questions. I assume they are fully made up today.
*Who is Walter Scott, anyway? Wikipedia tells me, it’s a made-up name. Lloyd Shearer was the original writer. Today Edward Klein is the author.
**There was an answer to a question about Hillary Clinton wearing pantsuits that was the final straw. The questioner wondered if it was appropriate. The answer was that her legs were kind of heavy, so it was probably better that she wore pantsuits instead of skirt-suits. (Grrrr.)