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Perspective Tree Map
Transcript of Perspective Tree Map
Opposing Viewpoints in Online Collection, 2015
, the definition of Celebrity Culture is, "At the turn of the seventeenth century, playwright William Shakespeare compared the world itself to a stage, with average citizens fulfilling roles in a grand drama. In the twenty-first century, the world truly has become a stage, with the constant presence of cameras recording virtually every aspect of our lives. What Shakespeare may not have predicted is the willingness with which people seek the spotlight. In the modern world, being famous is a goal sought by a growing segment of the population. While this might simply be a product of a media-saturated culture, some psychologists warn that a culture built on celebrity can lead to widespread personality problems such as an obsession with the self."
Whether we like it or not, the media is inundated with celebrities. Their lives are a part of our culture.
Celebrity Culture is Pervasive
By constantly focusing on celebrities, people are wasting their lives. People are focusing on nonsense and superficial people.
Celebrity Culture is Harmful
By watching celebrities, people can feel connections to others from a safe distance and gain an understanding of people that they admire.
Celebrity Culture is Beneficial
Neal Gabler asserts that celebrities' lives provide enriching human narratives.
Hedges contends that celebrity culture drowns out public discourse and encourages materialism and self-absorption.
Epstein claims that the culture of celebrity has invaded every sphere of American life.
People learn about love, family, and the pitfalls of fame and wealth through entertainment news and tabloids.
Almost none of us will ever attain these lives of wealth and power. Yet we are told that if we want it badly enough, if we believe sufficiently in ourselves, we too can have everything. We are left, when we cannot adopt these impossible lifestyles as our own, with feelings of inferiority and worthlessness.
The celebrity," Boorstin wrote, "is a person who is well-known for his well-knownness," which is improved in its frequently misquoted form as "a celebrity is someone famous for being famous."
Stories and news about celebrities unify the politically and socially fractured American public.
Gossip and chatter dominate what really matters in the nation—the wars in the Middle East, politics, the economy, and the environment
Whether or not celebrity in and of itself constitutes a culture, it has certainly penetrated and permeated much of American culture generally.
I chose the topic of celebrity culture because people spend so much of their time focused on celebrities. The specific perspective I wrote about was, celebrity culture is harmful. I truly believe that many people waste the brief time we have on this planet paying attention to other people's lives.
By watching reality TV, we are supporting this lifestyle and in fact putting more money in their pockets, as if these people were not rich enough already. They make more money in a few minutes than some people will make in a year.
Rather than focusing on celebrities, people could learn about and look up to real heroes. People who make the world a better or safer place. We should be giving our attention to people who truly deserve our admiration, rather than those who are paid to entertain us.