Basis for growth of celebrity worship in pop culture? Low personal self-esteem?
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: agate-ga
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15 Mar 2006 05:12 PST
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What is the basis of the growing preoccupation with the cult of celebrity? Yes, celebritity-following has long been popular; movie fan magazines proliferated in the '30s and '40s. But our pop culture is now fixated on the most trivial actvities of a growing, evolving clan of personalities, many with no discernable entertainment talent, intellect or contributions to society. My contention: Celebrity worship is in part a response to the average person's sense anonymity -- of being a nobody lost in a milling crowd. People seek to escape this numbing feeling that they are wandering through life unknown and unacknowledged by seeking to relate to the "perceved glamour" of celebrities. They seek a pathetic substiute for recognition by exalting and adoring the recognized. Celebrity worship is mindless escapism based on a sense of personal insignificance. It fact, carried to extremes, celebrity worship is a vicious cycle -- only deepening the feelings of personal insignificance and worthlessness. I contend that obsession with celebrity is not healthy.
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Re: Basis for growth of celebrity worship in pop culture? Low personal self-este
From: myoarin-ga on 30 Mar 2006 06:45 PST
Agate, A problem with your question is that you obviously want information that supports your thesis. This makes it difficult for Researchers to answer if the information that they can find does do so. Indeed, they may shy away from even trying, based perhaps on experience with other questioners of similarly expressed questions who were unsatisfied with the attempts to answer their questions. That said, and since this is just a free comment, I would venture to say that the expanded media coverage of the pop culture (TV stations dedicated to pop, etc.) feeds the interest in such celebrities, and does so for monetary interests, those of the media and those of the so-called celebrities. The media can "make" celebrities" by just keeping his and her name in the public eye, and they help by doing foolish things. Forty odd years ago, pop figures were just as idolized as they are today (Beatles, et al.), but then there were only the mainline media available, so only a few of them got coverage. Yes, some people go of the deep end, but I don't expect that celebrity worship is causing more people to suffer from lack of personal esteem. Maybe the media - the same media - are making a story out of what they have created. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,186659,00.html (This wasn't the source of my comment, but rather tempered my questioning of your thesis.) Here is an older UK article - note the date: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3147343.stm Regards, Myoarin
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