Today’s generation has been raised in a celebrity-obsessed media and, as a result, has consequently made teens idolize these average people that the media deems as “stars”. It is not just a couple of blurbs here and there about celebrities, but instead there are entire shows solely devoted to celebrity gossip. People follow the personal lives of celebrities as if it were their own. For example, when my sister was in high school she had a big obsession with rap star Eminem, and when I say obsession I don’t mean that she was just fond of him, but she had posters of him covering the walls in her room and she frequented an Eminem online blog like it was a religion. The question that comes to my mind often is why does this generation have such a deep obsession with fame and the personal lives of celebrities? The mainstream channels, such as MTV, have a large impact on today’s youth. Broadcasting the personal life of celebrities on a daily basis, teens get an inside look of the “lifestyles of the rich and famous,” but that has a significant effect on the mentality teens acquire from watching how these people live. Shows like MTV’s
“Cribs”, or VH1’s “The Fabulous Life of (the featured celebrity),” show off how celebrities live in their own personal lives, and how frivolously they can throw money around, like how Paris Hilton dropped four thousand dollars on a purse without thinking twice. The teens see how luxurious the life is when one has fame and money, thus causing them to set a standard for him or herself, to be rich and famous. Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me, feels that in this generation “we fixate on self-esteem, and unthinkingly build narcissism, because we believe that the needs of the individual are paramount,” (70) so when he or she does not meet the standards that have been set, he or she will almost feel offended. Sadly...
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