I typically wonder why so many individuals obsess over celebrities and why famous folks generate such high worth in at present’s news cycles.
I understand why entertainment magazines value celebrities and their gossip as news worthy. It’s entertainment and that’s what the magazine is all about — the leisure industry.
But it appears absurd, (no less than to me) that CNN, Fox News, and so many different worldwide news organizations take the time to tell viewers concerning the lives of celebrities or, at the very least, contribute to the gossip about them.
So how did leisure news and gossip turn into world-wide valued hard-news stories? And why are folks more interested within the lives of celebrities than what’s actually going on in the world?
Celebrities signify people who are a lot prettier, higher dressed and much wealthier than the typical person. From a young age, we are predisposed to celebrities by watching TV shows and listening to music. We develop an appreciation for these artists and we turn into obsessed with our favorite people. Because we love our favorite actors or musicians we become wanting to learn more about them and what goes on in their lives and less about our own. We focus more on when the following Britney Spears album comes out and less on doing residencework and which college we’d ultimately like to attend.
After we develop an curiosity for the characters we watch, and the actors that play them, we turn out to be obsessed and want to know everything there may be to know about them. Entertainment news and gossip provide insight into the lives of everyone’s favorite celebrities. Many people consider celebrities to be their friends and, thus, need to know more about them. They show that celebrities, too, are regular folks just like us who also experience heartache, destruction, and disaster.
The rise of the Internet, the invention of television and radio, as well as a slight decrease in schooling have all contributed to the position celebrities play in our mainstream news.
Common news is commonly boring, negative, depressing and often hard to follow. Most individuals don’t take the time to observe or keep up with the news because it makes them feel bad. Celebrity news is entertaining, comical, stress-free and makes individuals feel good knowing that celebrities go through tough times just like we do. Celebrity news provides individuals an opportunity to break away from their own lives and into the lives of someone else.
However while entertainment news is fascinating and provides a reduction from our own everyday lives, when put into perspective, all celebrity gossip and entertainment news has carried out is dumb our society down by making Miley Cyrus more essential and newsworthy than Congress or the president.
It appears outrageous that our news feeds could be crammed with news of Kim Kardashian’s due date and Kate Middleton’s baby name than on our continued involvement in the Middle East or the ever-rising interest rates of faculty loans and rising student debt.
In the long run, each magnificence and fame fade (and it happens fast). By focusing and including celebrity gossip in our mainstream news, we’re sending a message to youthful generations that nothing matters so long as they’re famous and pretty.
However, as many of us know (at least I hope many of us know). life just isn’t defined by how beautiful or famous we are, it is defined by the impact we make on society and the love we spread.
Being smart and clever is much more valuable than being well-known and/or beautiful. Magnificence and fame are simply disposable. Cultural significance and positive change last more and are much more respected.
With this, I propose a change in celebrity gossip and the value they hold in our news. If the news reported on how political coverage affected these in the social elite relatively than just their physical look and wardrobe, then their coverage would be legitimately solidified. We live in a society that holds physical appearance as the only vital value; if we aren’t stunning or skinny, then we’re not important. We have to re-consider and re-focus news on the things that matter — such as education.
Sure, the news holds negative and miserable tales, however that’s because our world is stuffed with such things. We’re only hurting ourselves and our worth of intelligence by dumbing ourselves down and distracting ourselves with the lives of celebrities instead of trying to improve our own.