Poland now firmly rests in the ‘western’ part of Europe. Not geographically but culturally. One of the surest signs of this is the pop idol worship that has spread through Poland like the bubonic plague. I have my own theories about ‘east’ and ‘west’. One factor is the effect and legacy of the Roman Empire. Former Roman Empire lands, I believe, can be counted amongst ‘western’ countries. Another is those lands which were hit by the bubonic plague I also see as ‘western’. Poland never was part of the Roman dominion nor was it effected by the plague.
A new plague is spreading: pop culture; and Poland is well and truly being ravaged by this new disease. Icons of the Virgin Mary have been replaced by new icons, new idols that Poland’s millions worship. In this way Poland has become like any other ‘western’ country: the USA, UK, France, Germany or Spain. The ‘idols’ create hype just because of the fact that they are famous. Many are famous simply for being famous. This is the Paris Hilton phenomenon. Below is a list of my personal anti-favourites; those who have risen to the crest of this wave of pop-idolness: