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The Media's Current Craze: Create Undeserving Celebs and Destroy Them

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  1. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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    I've discussed this with several friends and was wondering what the experienced wisdom of the F-chat community could contribute... but it seems lately we are in a big fad for the media to create celebrities out of people who (IMO) really don't deserve recognition/admiration as they receive (think Paris Hilton, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Martha Stewart etc), but then the real delight for the media is to destroy these people. And the bigger they can hype them up in the first place, the harder and farther they will fall.

    Take the Hilton thing: it was almost too good to be true for media... all of the sudden this superwealthy skank is on every tabloid cover and all these TV shows, and then only a short time later that video "appears" and then her TV show and her personal character (IMO) is completely demolished. I would think given what she's done, she probably deserved the smackdown she got, but the timing of everything was so sudden.

    These situations reek of the old Eddie Murphy movie Trading Places, as if producers and executives carry out the destruction of peoples' lives just for simple whims and more advertising revenue.

    Makes me happy I gave up dreams of an acting career! I realized that the best thing to be (vs. celeb, athlete or even politician) is a wealthy businessman -- as long as you're not in the super-big-leagues of wealth, for the most part you can 'fly under the radar' of public scrutiny and enjoy the trappings of success without the jealous glare of fame.

    While seeing people make the bigtime is inspiring, the media loves nothing more than to dine on the carrion of personal reputation and honor. Hence American Idol, where we celebrate the really good talents of a half dozen people and wish them well, but can also see the utter humiliation of many, many more people.

    Have any of you noticed this?
     
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  3. TSMIV

    TSMIV Formula Junior

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    I have noticed this. I have noticed the "artificial celebrity" and all that go with it.

    It is all media hype. If people did not buy into it, it would stop. The only thing people love more than an artificial celebrity is the downfall of one. It makes "us" feel better about ourselves.

    I find that I do not care about most celebrities. My favorite actors, musicians, athletes, etc. are "nobodies" or "classics".
     
  4. LAfun2

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    I think Americans in general tend to get pleasure out of seeing the rise and fall of people. The greater the fall, the more they seem to enjoy it. I think it is an inherent cultural sickness.


    Ever wonder why shows like Cops get such good ratings?
     
  5. TSMIV

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    No. It is just a good way to see what my family is up to and how they are doing.
     
  6. Greg G

    Greg G F1 Rookie

    I think William Hung is a perfect example of this.
     
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  8. Ferrari 1

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    Good post, Ryan. I know I am personally so sick of hearing about, reading about and heaven forbid you turn on the TV, celebrities. I mean, do people really care about Rosie O'Donnell political and social views? I supposed they must, otherwise we wouldn't be saturated with it. If it's not celebrity gossip garbage, it's reality shows with people being mean spirited and eating Yak dung. I'm over it.

    The only one with any courage to take a stand for their beliefs in the face of adversity is Mel Gibson. Agree with him or not, at least he has convictions and courage, and puts his money where his mouth is.
     
  9. Gilles27

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    I agree with Ryan. As Americans, we're just weird about this stuff. There's this narrow band of success where we tolerate people. We enjoy pulling for the underdog, since many of us can identify with the status. But as that underdog rises to success, we get sick of them, so to make ourselves feel better we start picking at scabs to watch them bleed. As far as these pseudo-celebs go, that's just called pop culture. It's been that way for a long time. Music is notorious for that, which is why bands like Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, etc. are as popular now as ever among those of that don't buy into any of the hype. With that whole Janet Jackson uproar, the thing that ticked me off about all of it was the fact that the Super Bowl had such a ridiculous halftime show going on in the first place. And the Daytona 500. What the hell are Whoopi Goldberg and Ben Affleck doing there as guests of honor?! Oh man, I've got to stop...
     
  10. SrfCity

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    Unfortunately it's what sells and what people gobble up. Human nature is to want to see people's misery cuz in some sick way it makes us feel better about ourselves. The media is only catering to what they think the public wants. When a celebrity takes a tumble they know people will want to know all about it. Bad news sells!
     
  11. larz

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    HILARIOUS!


     
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  13. ryalex

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    Were they dating?
     
  14. AntonyR

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    Thats what I heard.....


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    HOLY ARCHIVE SHOVEL!!!
     
  16. bottomline

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    Why are you bumping all of your threads?
     
  17. judge4re

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    He's just trying to quote precedent.
     
  18. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Bump for timeliness.
     
  19. ashsimmonds

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    again, here i am participating in a discussion just to spout my specific non-participation in stupidity. :p
     

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