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David Cox's Celebrity Culture

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In this recent article, “Celebrity Culture Is Natural and Can Be Beneficial”, David Cox (2015) argues about the obsession that many people, mainly Americans, have to achieve fame or to know more about other famous people. He also talks about some interesting social benefits, such “bonding people together and leading to great social engagement”. In addition, he explains about the dangers of fandom, ways people may leave loneliness towards fame, and a comparison or similarity between celebrity and religion. Beginning with that obsession that nearly half adults have towards fame, David Cox explains that those people could do everything to experience at least 15min of fame, and other are extravagantly fascinated by people who have already accomplished fame. Nowadays, it is called as a “disease of our age”. Moreover, people are worried about gain fame instead of worrying about something that really worth. One example that David Cox gave us was the case of a clever physicist, Stephen Hawking. He was always focused on the Universe and its cosmos, however fame and having an audience called him more attention. Instead of talking about his discoveries on a documentary, he takes the opportunity to be the center…show more content…
An example of that is when a celebrity dies. People usually glorified them. Other examples are superstars appearing on red carpets, its commemorations, its relics, and because of this many people believe that “celebrity would become our religion”. Even knowing that celebrity culture has its negative sides, Bennett and one of the editors of Celebrity Studies supposes that “Making more deliberative judgments in how we value, respond, and act on celebrity seems increasingly important” (as cited in celebrity Culture, 2015). One example that David Cox gives to us was the example of Nelson Mandela, who was a very positive influence as a
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