Everyday we go about our days and never really considering what death is or how it comes about in every one’s life. Yet, when on the news, or form of media we prefer in our personal lives, announces the death (or health issues) of a celebrity we in some form make a connection. Why is that? We cry, we grieve, and we get involved in their remembrance, because the mass media is overwhelming us with images of the celebrity when they were alive, of their family reactions to the loss, and fans that may be crying and recognizing the celebrity in their own way. There are movies about those celebrities who we have lost; we place their images on anything from t-shirts to Halloween costumes. Death in Hollywood not only sells but makes a mark on society allowing us to make a connection with the celebrity.
A celebrity may not always be that who is on the media but the first big celebrity death that was caught on the media line was that of John F. Kennedy. On November 22, 1963 the assassination of the thirty-fifth president was a shock to the nation. Some may not consider a president to be a celebrity of Hollywood but a celebrity is defined, “involving the focus of public attention on select individuals” (Kearl 2011). So, when Kennedy was President of the United States he may not have been a celebrity, but once he was assassinated he was the talk of all media then both radio and new form of media then of television. There was a connection he had with society and the next day people still didn’t know how to respond to the loss of him in our nation it was almost like a loss of a father that society had felt. When it isn’t a “celebrity” as in just a leader it brings a sense of community thus taking upon that a capitalization on the poer of state funerals to enhance social solidarities to affirm power structures (Kearl 2011). The effect now is we take the time to remember him, we as a society still remember him and his family; by remembering him we have a... [continues]
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