Cultural norms often constrict an individual in society. Humans are individual but social by nature. An imbalance individuals and society can lead one to feel out of place or socially awkward. In “Our Celebrities, Ourselves” by Neal Gabler and “Never Trust a Snake’: WWF Wrestling as Masculine Melodrama” by Henry Jenkins, both authors’ essays reflect on American Culture, however, they differ one reflecting the American individual and the other American society. In both essays values such as individualism, societal status and self-invention are discussed. However, Gabler reflects on celebrities self discovery in society while Jenkins focuses on how you can find your place in society as WWF wrestling resembles the American societal structure.
As stated by Graeme Turner in Understanding Celebrity, ‘the contemporary celebrity will usually have emerged from the sports or entertainment industries; they will be highly visible through the media; and their private lives will attract greater public interest than their professional lives’ which is quite an accurate statement. A majority of the public believes that celebrities exist for the publics’ sake and combined with the statement ‘without us they are nobody’ it sort of correlates. But when you think about the fact that these are people too with feelings, families and private lives, not so much. The introduction of social media allowing everyday people to intrude on celebrities’ lives also breaks the barrier marginally. This allows for another level of interaction for personalities to reach out to the public and therefore can have massive impacts on their stardom. The function of celebrity is to be the ‘super human’. In fashion industries enormous pressure is put on models to remain ‘skinny and attractive’. This is where
Celebrities have become such a major part of American culture and heavily influenced society on how we, average people, live our lives. Throughout the world, people look up to celebrities as if they are some sort of God. Their admiration for celebrities has now become an obsession. These average people of society basically stalk these celebrities. They constantly check social media sites to see what a celebrity is doing and talk about these people like they know them personally. Beyoncé’s fans verbally attacked Rachel Roy and her daughter all because of one part of a song. Beyoncé never confirmed any of the rumors, but her fans were on the hunt to attack anyone they saw as a threat to Beyoncé. In today’s society, people put these celebrities
Celebrities are everywhere in the news, the latest gossip appears in the weekly magazines without fail. Whether they be an actor, athlete, dancer, designer, model, singer or just rich; there is someone out there who is watching that person like a hawk, not letting a single breath go unnoticed. Such is the life of the rich and famous, under the incessant gaze of journalists and the paparazzi. Lives that many people take a great interest in and admire to the point where others would liken this great interest and admiration to a cult-like worship of celebrities. This is a brief description of what I think to be celebrity culture.
Consequently, by conducting these actions, we are taking away their first amendment right. The value of the first amendment right is really grandiose and perhaps the most crucial right to have. For instance, the first amendment right has shaped the U.S.A to be distinctive from other countries. The first amendment gave everyone, not just common people, the entitlement to freely express themselves. However, with social media watching and judging their every move, it's hard to be a part of everyday life. Even going to the supermarket might have to require a distortion for the media. It's as though celebrities are being trapped in a prison. This is unjust because they never signed a contract agreeing to surrender their lives for the public. It's as if we are making people , who give up their privacy, like robots and force these "robots" to be on top of a cliff overlooking embarrassment and fear. All these people ever asked was to be open to public about his or her talent, not giving up their invaluable privacy. According to (Source A), it states,"It seems somewhat unfair to say that because a person's gift lies in acting, basketball, or singing, rather than, for example, engineering, architecture, or computer science, that he or she has somehow " chosen " to give up all of his or
Upon reading "The Near-Fame Experience" I have identified that the author, Jennifer Senior, constructed this piece using the narrative writing style. The article was constructed using the guidelines for a typical narrative essay, causing it to be coherent and flow nicely. This article was about a reality show contestant winner, who still faces hardships today such as; homelessness, and no finished products to show for his work.
There are many people who stretch the idea of our “obsessions” with celebrities. In Deborah King’s article, “The Impact of Celebrities”, she argues that people are obsessed with celebrities in an unhealthy way. However, in Palmer’s short essay response, he assumes that King exaggerates our “obsession” with celebrities. Although King’s argument is strong, I have to agree with Palmer that being obsessed with celebrities isn’t as bad as King suggests.
The wealthy and influential have their personal lives made public on a daily basis through the media. American society is greatly influenced by personal wealth, and that has taken away from the personal freedom which the public realm is originally meant to provide.
Viral videos have become wildly popular within the last decade. For some, internet fame has become a blessing. On the other hand, others have been shamed due to their viral videos. In “The Flip Side of Internet Fame” by Jessica Bennet, she makes her case on the undesirable effects of social media. Bennet uses a few of the many viral victims as examples to demonstrate what social media can do. Social media humiliates, violates privacy, and has long-term effects on the lives of the viral victims.
In today’s world, every little thing celebrities do become a headline. The media publish exclusives and people tend to soak them up. Why? Simply put, it sells. There is an audience that wants to read and see such material, so the media are happy to comply. However, while some argue that celebrities have a private life that should remain so, the media does not have a right to publish their every personal detail. However, when it comes to actions that have been taken and could still potentially harm the safety of others, then the public has a right to know.
In the article entitled “The Impact Celebrities have on our Lives,” Deborah King explains the reason why celebrities have a huge impact on us weather they are good or bad. First, King points out that many companies use celebrities to get people’s attention. The writer reveals that celebrities can have a huge impact on us. In addition, she explains how celebrities can be bad in their private life. Furthermore, she indicates that some celebrities can be good. To sum up, King concludes that celebrities can still have a huge impact on us weather they are good or bad.
Sometimes a person doesn't choose to be famous: he or she is just living their life and then - BOOM! - fame follows for whatever reason. Not every actor, singer, dancer, writer craves fame; most simply want to express their creativity. Wanting to entertain or express your art shouldn't come with the excessive price of a goodbye to privacy. Paparazzi shouldn't be able to freely telephoto lens you while you are in your backyard or in the bathroom without some type of consequence. If someone did that to you, you would probably think it’s extremely creepy and get police intervention. Celebrities, on the other hand, are seen as bad, unhappy, or unappreciative jerks if they request their right to privacy. It's a very interesting reversal, and even more so that we continue to pay audience when it seems so wrong in our own “normal”
Newton Minow knew what he was talking about when he gave a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters in 1961. He referred to the influence of the television as “This is an awesome power. It has limitless capabilities for good - and for evil.”
People were not exposed to barrage of news about celebrities a couple of decades ago. Mass media is becoming more garden because of rapid progress on technology day by day. Thereby, people are substantially interested in the private life of celebrities, and some of them are obsessed with celebrities. They desire to know everything about them. For instance, who is dating with whom, where they are shopping, or what they wear. In a word public have an endless hunger for more information. However, the public doesn't have the right to know about every single detail of celebrities' private lives due to several reasons.
Have you ever wondered what influences us to behave the way we do? Look a certain way? Or even looked for an explanation to what causes us to apply a certain perspective regarding personal and controversial issues? One of the answers to these questions may revolve around the influence we absorb from celebrities. A definitive term for celebrity is an iconic figure to a category or group who has achieved success in one or multiple aspects of their lives. As a result, these individuals have drawn in publicity and fame. Over the years with the advances in media and other forms of communication, celebrities have become topics of discussion worldwide, rather if it’s at school, with colleagues or at the dinner table, it is fair to say that