Brad and Jennifer, Martha Stewart, and Michael Jackson are more than just names of celebrities we all know so well. Upon mentioning these names the general public would automatically associate their names with the stories of their being plastered throughout the media from talk shows, magazines, and even clothing. The media has become such a dominant part of today’s society, but how much of American culture and ideals are centered on the lives of celebrities portrayed in the media? In today’s society, news had the potential to be circulated around the world within minutes to not only the public, but to the entire world. While the public has an array of news available to them, how much of the “news” is really necessary? Today, the public has become so obsessed with celebrities who have become idols and role models for everyone from children to adults that the public has a lack of interest and a lack of appropriate knowledge about issues that really matter in today’s society. Aside from covering stories that appeal to the public’s interest, p-procedures and marketers are of course aimed at producing products that sell rather then what is of importance. Thus, the media industries devote much more time to celebrities rather than informative and educational features, contributing to the public’s obsession with drama and degradation. In analyzing statistics and polls, content, and the public’s reaction to the Celebrity News 2
media you will see how the media has devoted too much attention to celebrity culture. Statistics
Statistics show how today’s culture places much more of an emphasis on Celebrity Culture rather than national or world news, both having it is benefits and negative influences on today’s society. As time and media capabilities progressed, American culture has turned into a culture that is saturated and bombarded with constant images and stories of the lives of celebrities. In a study conducted form 1980 to 2003, interest in national affairs dropped from 35 to 25 percent, while the interest in entertainment and celebrity news doubled be the of 2003, reaching a high in the year 2002. Many factors have contributed to the growing fascination with celebrities and the lack of interest in more important issues around the world. For one thing, it is more difficult for countries to make national news sound interesting and appeal to the public. Also, most times magazines have limited space available, and it is much easier to convenient for them to fill those spaces with “juicy” celebrity gossip as a guarantee that the stories will sell. Let’s just face it America has become a society obsessed with wealth and beauty and that is exactly what celebrity culture provides for the public (Altman, Howard).
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When analyzing the features of magazine covers, studies revealed that approximately 40 percent of magazine covers feature celebrity and entertainment, while culture and travel are at 10 percent, and national affairs, home furnishings, food and nutrition, and business and industry hovered between six and eight percent. The covers alone promote the idea that it is most acceptable to be the young and beautiful. However, if they are not plastering beautiful models on the covers, they highlight the latest celebrity break ups, marriage problems, or even embarrassing moments. In a study conducted by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of plastic surgery procedures performed in America increased fourfold from 1997 to 2003. Television features shows where ordinary people come in aspiring to look like their favorite celebrities and are prepared to undergo surgery to accomplish that goal. On the other hand, celebrities are under just as much pressure to uphold this image that their managers and producers have created for the. However, this is problematic in society when it is causing society members to question their own self worth...