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Has the media paid too much attention to celebrities?

Some people feel that television, newspapers, magazines, and other media pay too much attention to the personal lives of famous people such as public figures and celebrities, although others have different opinion about that. As far as I am concerned, I fully agree with that. Safe to say, more than 70% lights are focused on those famous people and all kinds of stars. This is because common people like to watch, to know about and to become famous guys.

Let us look at the television first, when you turn on the television, there are more than 60 channels in United States, but almost all channels are either talking about celebrities, movie stars, or showing some TV soap programs in which some movie star is in it. There are daily programs such as "E-Talk", "Access Hollywood", and "Entertainment Tonight" which concentrate on lives of famous stars. You can tell from their names. Not to mention there are a lot of awards such as Oscar award, Emmy award, Gold Globe, and so on. They are all about famous people. For the program of talking show, such as the Opera Show, or the Larry King Show, most guests that are invited to these programs are celebrities or politicians. And people love to watch that.

As for magazines or newspapers, it is the same situation. The first front page, second page and Headline are very often about famous people in different areas, even sometimes discussing the private life of famous people. It looks like if there are no celebrity photos on the front page, the subscription will decrease. People love to read stories about these stars or celebrities.

Especially, there are so many photographers who want to take pictures of these famous people's private life. They do not care how this will invade those people's privacy, because they know these photos of celebrities may help them get rich. Think about how Princess Diana died in 1997.

Nobody can say that it has nothing to do with those paparazzis. The fact that people love to know everything about Diana, one of the most famous celebrities in the world, killed the princess.

In conclusion, TV, newspapers and magazines need these celebrities to attract people's eyeballs. Otherwise, they cannot survive. And the average people seem to enjoy these personal lives of famous people or celebrities. So it is quite normal for media to pay so much attention to these big guys in the world.


Why do some people like celebrity gossip?

Assuming that all people read celebrity news for the same reason is a big mistake as each person has a different kind of hunger. Here are few examples that can help you understand why do people like to read such news:

Jealousy: Its hard not to feel jealous of celebs, after all they seem to have it all. Now how do you think a jealous person will feel like when he realizes that this famous celeb he was unconsciously jealous of is actually too short? This person will certainly feel good about himself after believing that he found something that he is better than this celebrity at.

To feel good: Why do you think a person would be interested to read about a certain celeb who's life is on the verge of collapsing as a result of drug abuse? People feel good about themselves when they know that others suffer. When the person who suffers is a famous star people get a stronger dose of good emotions. In the Solid Self confidence program i said that people read about the suffering of celebs to feel good about their own lives.

Ambition: Some people get fascinated by the lives of celebrities and so wish to be like them. When those people get to read about celebrity news they feel more eager to become one of them. In other words those people unconsciously motivate themselves by reading such news.

Because they identify with them: Some people love certain celebrities because they identify themselves with them. Its not uncommon for a black guy to like a black celeb just because he feels that the success of that celeb is something that makes their whole race look competent.

Societies in general tend to worship celebrities. When that worshiping develops into thoughts and behaviors that negatively impact a person’s life, action must be taken.

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