Another trait which defines America’s culture and identity is the culture of celebrities. With plenty of wealth, fame, and attention, celebrities display to the middle and lower class citizens the ways of life of upper class citizens and nationwide divas. Moreover, they advance these images of themselves by exhibiting their multi-bedroom houses and mansions, multiple vehicles, designer clothing, and their extravagant jewelry. The feeling of being “on top of the world” only guides celebrities towards a path of demise and wrongdoing. Drugs, sex, and incarcerations have been the result of the celebrity mindset of immortality. Any medium can be viewed as a vehicle for creating a celebrity culture. Celebrity culture, once restricted to royalty and biblical/mythical figures, has pervaded many sectors of society including business, publishing, and even academia. Mass media has increased the exposure and power of celebrity. A trend has developed that celebrity carries with it increasingly more social capital than in earlier times. Celebrity fame was established for an individual or group with recognition of raw talent. Celebrities in the 20th century rightfully deserved every bit of attention received due to their talents that have yet to be seen before. Celebrity figures such as Muhammed Ali and Wilt Chamberlain received celebrity status through athletics, simply due to the fact that they were accomplishing goals in their respected sports that have never been done before. People watched Muhammed Ali fight more swiftly than any fighter before and have a great fighting career. Also, they watched all seven foot one inch, two hundred seventy five pound Wilt Chamberlain being a “one-man wrecking crew” scoring 100 points in a single basketball game, which still to this day has been accomplished. With technological and medicinal differences in comparison from today and decades past, the actions and luxuries of celebrities were altered. Celebrities in the...
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