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Celebrity – Why Do People Care?

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Adrian Musolino
Adrian Musolino

Paris Hilton arrived in Australia for a New Years Eve party and the media went crazy, following her every move as the public lapped it up. But what accounts for this interest and worship of someone whose fame is not based on any talent? Why do we care?

Celebrity worship has been on the rise in the globalised age fuelled by the rise of the internet.  

We follow their lives and relationships like it’s a spectator sport. And as Ms. Hilton shows they don’t necessarily have to by famous for a specific talent. Celebrity seems to be the cause of fame not the result in some cases.  Paris Hilton. Pic:Christopher Harte

Perhaps we follow celebrity as a way to escape from our own lives – a yearning to imagine what it must be like to be rich and famous – a perceived carefree life away from the stresses of work and bills.  

But it is a damaging escape for society, especially for young people whose views about the world and life are being distorted by idolising such people.  

Sport, music, movies etc are all escapes. But in those cases we are bearing witness to talents and artists delivering their product, something that can act as an inspiration for our own lives.  

Celebrity is no different to a soap opera and those who are famous without an obvious talent are the biggest benefactors of this sorry phenomenon.  

Do we really want young girls to aspire to be like Paris Hilton?  

The media must also bear responsibility. They have succumbed to celebrity fluff, branding it as news with the justification that it is what people want to see. So celebrity news sits side by side with more pressing issues.  

In many cases the mainstream press have used their respective websites to increase their celebrity fluff over serious news as a way of wooing people to their site.  

As a result it can be argued the media is leading many astray moving away from what should be its mission of delivering serious news and analysis of pressing issues for this celebrity fluff.  

In newspapers, articles about Ms. Hilton’s shopping spree in Melbourne sat side by side the conflict in Gaza.  

No wonder many people don’t understand the conflict in the Middle East and other serious issues facing us as a global community, they can simply tune out and escape with the latest celebrity gossip.  

The rise of the celebrity is a sad reflection on the media and society as a whole. Maybe if more people focussed on their own lives and living out their own dreams we wouldn’t need celebrity escapism and without our attention hopefully the likes of Ms. Hilton disappear from our view.

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