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LA Times: The key to 'Miss Bimbo's' success? - An outraged media, of course

LA Times writes: "The "Miss Bimbo" story arrived like a gift to newsrooms around the world last week: the perfect illustration of the new lows to which our celebrity-obsessed culture has sunk.

What news outlet looking to fill a 24/7 news cycle could resist? "Miss Bimbo" had all the right ingredients for a splashy news story: a sensational headline (key word: "bimbo"); a sexy tech angle (online video game); young children potentially at risk (catnip for concerned parents everywhere); and a built-in base of available media commentators (whether gaming experts or women's groups or media watchdogs).

Why look a gift horse in the mouth, right? Well, it turns out few media outlets did. As news of the "Miss Bimbo" video game grew like kudzu across news websites and cable TV, so did public awareness about a relatively obscure online gaming site intended for little girls. But as the media pounced, with round-the-clock scrutiny of the values the "Miss Bimbo" game espouses, it only helped to double the number of users."

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