Have you ever scrolled through your Facebook or Twitter feed, and actually paid attention to the nonsense headlines that spews out of the posts or tweets?
When I was younger, I liked a lot of fashion/teen magazine pages on Facebook, and today I went through my feed for a few minutes on January 7, 2015 and found these:
- “um…what Kim Kardashian said to her sister is NOT nice” – Seventeen Magazine
- “Watch Old People’s Hilarious Reaction to Kim Kardashian’s Naked Paper Magazine Photos” – MTV
- “This is not a drill – Justin Bieber is actually modeling for Calvin Klein” – MTV
- “OMG! EWWWW OUCH! What happened to Farah Abraham’s lips? #teenmom” – Z100
- “Blake Lively’s baby name is SO Blake Lively” – Nylon, Sidereel, Seventeen Magazine, B96, VH1, MTV, every major twitter account
And the question that popped into my mind was: “why do people care so much about the lives of celebrities?” Why do people care so much about the personal details of people they’ve never met before, or probably will ever meet?Why is every insignificant detail about a celebrities’ life blown completely out of proportion and made into a big deal? In the media, celebrities’ lives are scrutinized under the media microscope, whether it’s through stalker-esque twitter accounts, magazines reporting on tabloids (most of which are false and only written to capture the reader’s attention when they’re browsing at magazines in the checkout lines at Walmart), or other social media websites such as tumblr or Facebook.
I am angry over how the internet makes stupid people famous. For example:
- Kim Kardashian or any other socialite
- Alex from Target
None of these people contribute positively to society…none of these people do anything that requires skill or hard work and discipline to accomplish…none of these people worked hard to earn their status besides some luck or backdoor means. In my opinion, only a foolish, callow, and insolent person could revere such a person. Also, with all of these people eating the spotlight, people are unable to appreciate true contributors to society, such as:
- Rosalind Franklin: backbone to the discovery of DNA, leading to the discovery of an infinite amount of genetic diseases and possible cures for illnesses such as cancer and AIDS
- Nikola Tesla: inventor of AC current and helped make electricity readily available for commercial use
- Elon Musk: co-founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, Space X, Hyperloop, and Solar City and is working on commercializing space travel and is a pioneer in the pursuit of futuristic-elements to human life, such as colonizing Mars or creating high speed travel around the world
- Alexander Fleming & Jonas Salk: invented Pencillin & the vaccine for polio, respectively, saving the lives of countless individuals around the globe from the 20th century to now
- Karl Marx: genius who instigated the communist thoughts of men who changed the course of history, such as Mao Zedong and Joseph Stalin
What do socialites, Terio, or Alex from Target do? Socialites gained their fame either through their wealthy parents or making stupid decisions in life. What kind of example does that set for children? Terio is a young boy who doesn’t do anything besides take pictures with scantily-clad women while throwing up gang signs. Alex from Target bagged groceries and then was instantly turned into a phenomenon. None of these people spent long nights at the lab setting up experiments or writing books or making executive decisions. Yet they receive more fame than people who deserve the applause. The most they have to offer are decent looks and an ability to exploit the population’s provincial interests. At least with singers or actresses, they are working hard to perform a task, whether it be writing an album or filming a movie. However, many are still blown out of proportion and more famous than they should be because they’re always featured on tabloids for doing stupid things or having children, such as Miley Cyrus, Amanda Bynes, or Blake Lively. People are blind to the fact that bad press is still press, and continue to promote celebrities, even if they are chastising their actions (like swinging naked on a wrecking ball).
The repercussions of this debacle is that many children are influenced into wanting to be famous through un-intellectual means. They think it’s easy to rise to fame through singing and acting – especially nowadays with talent shows such as American Idol or The X Factor – and want the glory of people lauded by millions of fans around the world. They think that by being attractive, they can live an easy life as a VS model like the ones on the fashion show and in the magazines. There is no glory in being an engineer or researcher. Most don’t achieve fame. Most people could probably name more singers or actresses than scientists or CEOs of large companies. Why be a scientists dressed in a white lab coat hunched over a lab rat and petri dish when you can live the glamorous life of a model traveling around NYC, like the people portrayed on social media?