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Submitted by: Treena Nichalson
Being a journalism graduate I’m all for the independence of the press. I also consider that people today should know everything they need to know about everything. The key word is need, and I really should define this a bit more by giving examples. People need to know the state of the union, they need to know the background of politicians so they’ll get a greater judgment of the persona of those that want power, they need to understand about the advantages and drawbacks as well as the good aspects and flaws of items they may wish to buy, they need to know about crime rates in their location and anywhere else they may wish to go, etc. What they don t need to know is each and every last detail regardless of how obscure about every Hollywood celebrity that walks the face of the earth. Though that is what they want to know. I am not stating that the media needs to be censored to stop people from reading about Hollywood celebrities. Instead I am asking why do people care?
Hollywood celebrities are no different than anyone else until eventually the rest of the population places them on pedestals. It is my truthful opinion even when I am confident most people would deny it that a majority of the population cares much more about what is happening with Paris Hilton and Justin Bieber than what is happening to our fighting men and women overseas. This can be illustrated by the Houston Chronicle. Living in Houston I read this paper every day and it is as high-quality a paper as I have read and I have read most of them. The Chronicle s part A has celebrity news on page 2 and usually you need to turn to the back 2 pages to read the news about Iraq and Afghanistan. You will discover exceptions with both after something really big happens, but what I’ve stated is the general norm.
We have entire magazines about Hollywood celebrities that point out the particulars of the personal lives of actors and actresses, sports stars, and may preferred type of celebrity – reality stars.
Regular people do not put full page ads when they have a break up and most of the time they doubtless would not want everyone in the world to find out about their private life. Well maybe they might if Facebook proves anything.
Why is it even news what anyone thinks about their sister-in-law? I’ve never ever been able to grasp why men and women in the U.S. are interested with the British royal family. Did we not kick them out of our country in 1776?
The point of this is that individuals have grown to be obsessed with the most mundane particulars about people who the mass media has displayed in the limelight. Well maybe the crystal meth story isn’t so mundane (hopefully producing meth never becomes an ordinary recreation)
This is all just a part of the dumbing down of society. People today spend their time concerned with the unimportant instead of educating themselves about the important things in today s world. China is swiftly catching the U.S. in pretty much everything, but it is OK mainly because we can go to celebrity internet sites and vote on which hairstyle looks best on Charlie Sheen s head. I personally voted for flat top cut and clean-shaven!
My conclusion is that people like gossip about Hollywood celebrities for the exact same reason’s they like soap operas. Seeing someone live out publicly things that regular people do everyday. It supplies them an outlet to bash actions and choices people make in a justifiable way. Celebrity gossip that’s “good” is often something a celebrity has carried out that’s embarrassing or otherwise not in best taste. Sort of like laughing at an individual falling down stairs. If everyone else is laughing with you it’s not wrong.
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