Erin Andrews dominates media week
Andrews dominates depressing sports media week
At 3 p.m. Thursday, the most searched item on Google was "Michelle Beisner."
Who? Turns out she is an attractive young woman who happened to be mentioned in a FoxSports column about . . . what else? Erin Andrews.
Andrews' weeklong domination of the Google Trends list was both disturbing and fascinating to behold, and will provide material for media professors for years.
But other than unearthing the story behind the notorious videotape of her, there is not much left to this story once the ongoing ogling finally winds down.
The only good to come of it has been some interesting commentary and introspection amid all the knee-jerk bloviating.
Among the best was a column by Viv Bernstein on True/Slant that gets to the heart of the matter: That women continue inevitably to be viewed by men through the prism of their looks.
Andrews is "punished for being pretty" while Bernstein is "punished for not being pretty," she wrote, adding, "It's 2009. Why are women still being treated like this?"