Hey folks, this coming session on Wednesday Feb 17th we are talking about celebrities. Are you fan of any writer, businessman/businesswoman, scientist, actor, musician, painter, politician, sportman, etc.? Then, come and share with other participants all the insights you may have about these people. We are also having a thought-provoking chat about celebrity culture.
We live in a celebrity culture since we are exposed to media devoted to celebrity news, gossip and all kind of information related to famous people. According to www.vocabulary.com, the term celebrity can also refer to the state of fame or being widely honored and acclaimed. This website classifies celebrities into categories such as immortal, a guiding light, and an influential person.
If we look for the history of the word celebrity, there are some interesting facts to keep in mind. First, being a celebrity involved someone with talent or virtues. For example, in ancient times athletes and gladiators were honored for their skills and strength. During the Renaissance, artists began to be noticed for their works. After the development of printing industry in the late 18th century, writers, politicians, inventors, and war heroes became very popular because now common people could read about those personalities. In the modern world, film and TV stars’ lives were more interesting for regular people. Nowadays, the celebrity culture has become an obsession for many, and internet search engines are the tools to get familiar with intimate details about celebs' lives.
On the other hand, for others ‘celebrity has nothing to do with talent, intelligence, contributions to the world, or quality of character’. For instance, according to Forbes – a business and financial news magazine- it is all about money and media, in other words, being a celebrity is a big business. Sadly, we also have to say that some people are famous due to their unethical behavior.
To sum up, the celebrity culture is not a negative issue. It is part of history development and human nature to be fond of someone else. We cannot deny celebrities have an influence on society and personalities have become role models. However, one of the drawbacks of celebrity culture is the decline of moral standards it may cause.
BBC News. 2003. A brief history of celebrity.
Ken Eilson. 2007. What is a celebrity? Psychology Today. Sussex.
Random History. 2007. A history of celebrity.
www.celebrityculture.net. The life of celebrities