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Reality TV and the Rise of the ‘Celebrity’

Reality TV and the Rise of the ‘Celebrity’ | By Carmella De Lucia

The other day I was browsing the shelves of one of my favourite bookstores – Waterstones, when I came across a new story, recently out in paperback style.
The title screamed: ‘Chantelle – Living the Dream’.
I stood for a few seconds, literally quite dumbfounded by what I was seeing. Sadly, despite the fact that I had never watched a single episode of the so-called ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, I still knew exactly who this Chantelle was and how she had rose to sudden public notoriety. I knew that she had simply been put in a house alongside exceedingly minor ‘celebrities’ and pretended that she was a star.


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Fortunately for the girl, it was the best move she had ever made, as less than twelve months later, here I was stood in Waterstones holding the autobiography of her short, yet albeit adventurous life.

The vast influx of reality TV shows on our screens, such as ‘Big Brother’, ‘X Factor’ and the dastardly ‘Love Island’ have ensured that television ratings soar every year. Viewers are able to witness and take pleasure in the laughter, tears, tantrums and the humiliations of ordinary people like you and me, or ‘celebrities’ who are looking to give their flailing career a significant boost.
Programmes such as these just serve to bore me beyond belief personally, and I long for the days of ‘real TV’, if indeed, such a thing exists. The days when gritty television dramas with clever, well written scripts were enough to satisfy viewers are truly gone, for Reality TV continues to grow exponentially every single year.

This fact evokes odd feelings in me. I feel a little sad, bemused- even a bit of despair when I think of what our society has become in the past few years.
It is not so much the shows themselves that I despise. In fact, despite the sheer banality of them generally, sometimes, (on the very odd occasion, mind) I have been known to find the odd clip of a reality TV show mildly entertaining. But I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch someone chomping their way through a kangaroo’s anus in the middle of a jungle – celebrity or no celebrity?


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No, what I find so depressing, is the way in which society now comes to celebrate and even worship normal, exceedingly dull, everyday people, as supposed ‘celebrities’. I may be behind with the times, but I thought that in order to become a celebrity, you were required to ‘do’ something in order to become famous; you know- be in a pop band, write your own songs, act in a film.
Apparently, all we now need to do in order to get our autobiography on the shelves and have OK! Magazine camped outside our front door, is sit in a house doing nothing, but being watched by millions of viewers across the country. Therefore, despite having no discernable talent to speak of, likes of ‘Nikki Grahame’ and ‘Jade Goody’ simply went into the Big Brother house as regular people, and came out of it as the UK’s most sought after ‘celebrities’.

Now, that doesn’t seem very fair to all those real celebrities who work hard at their professions to get their name into the papers everyday, does it?
I may be in the minority here, but I have tried and failed miserably to see the appeal of watching twelve people sat aimlessly in a house, bickering and cat fighting for weeks on end. Unlike almost everyone else in the country, I have been unsuccessful in finding the show as wildly exciting as others do.

So what is it that draws everybody to shows like these then? Is it that the people who take part are thrust into the show exposing themselves warts and all, with no script to follow – therefore anything could happen? Or is it that reality TV ‘thrives on love, hate, revenge, ambition and jealousy’ – all powerful attributes, says America TV critic Dylan Swizzler, that inspired Shakespeare’s best tragedies.

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Who knows? But what we can safely say for sure, is that reality TV programmes and society’s insistent celebration of their participants, is far from over.

These shows just keep on coming, and sadly for those of us that loathe it, there’s not a thing we can do about it.
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Top 5 Most Searched Celebrities in India

Top 5 Most Searched Celebrities in India | By Rocky Saggoo

Know the art of using top searched people in your articles you can be among the most famous in the Indian internet world. Here are top 5 most searched persons who are being searched on web these days in India:

1) Mahender Singh Dhoni: Being the captain of the richest and most popular cricket team of India. Indian captain Mahender Singh Dhoni is the most searched person of India. His new hair styles and cool looks have made him very popular among Indians. He is always in the news for wining tournaments, buying hummer and other imported cars & bikes.


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2) Katrina Kaif: Being the most beautiful and sexiest actress of Bollywood Katrina Kaif is ruling the hearts of Indian males. Katrina Kaif is also the girlfriend of bollywood superstar and world’s 7th most handsome man Salman Khan. Her tall height, fair color, beautiful face, cool figure make her among the most searched celebrity on Indian web.

3) Shahrukh Khan: One of the most popular Bollywood Superstar Shahrukh Khan has been ruling the Indian web for many years. He is not only popular in India but also in foreign countries. Shahrukh Khan has given many blockbusters to bollywood which make him the most popular star of India.

4) Deepika Padukone: Deepika Padukone is the daughter of famous Indian Badminton player Prakash Padukone. Deepika has recently given superhit movie to bollywood “Love Aaj Kal”. She is also the girlfriend of new superstar of India Ranbir Kapoor. Her tall height, beautiful eyes, hot figure make her the most searched celebrity.

5) Michael Jackson: After his sudden death suddenly Michael Jackson has become the most searched person in search engines of India. People are searching his biographies, cause of death, new song of Michael Jackson which has just come, Michael Jackson’s songs, pics and many more things about him. The sale of Michael Jackson’s music albums has also increased.

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Privacy of Celebrities

Privacy of Celebrities | By David Skul

Enjoying your afternoon tea in your home alone with your favorite muffins? Imagine Justin Timberlake doing just that. Well, it can be almost impossible.

Being a celebrity means you are now a public property. You can no longer walk alone in the malls. You cannot sip your drinks during breakfast alone anymore. People will scream around you and fight for your autograph. It is hard to walk around without people interrupting you now and then for autograph. That has not included paparazzi snapping your pictures.


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Snapping picture of you filling up the petrol is not dangerous, right?

Picture this. You are a celebrity. You have tons of fans. They went to your concert and stay for the signing session. You sit on the table for 3 hours giving autographs. Your hands ached and people go home satisfied having your autograph.

Being a celebrity, you cannot be absolutely sure that all of your fans are angelic. If not your own fans, maybe their friends or acquaintances will be the not-so-innocent one. The autograph they attain from you can be forged. And all kinds of dangers will be exposed to you. Professional forgers will be able to copy your autograph in no time. And who might know, they will eventually tag along with you and eventually steal your valuable things.

Using the signature they have duplicated from your autograph, they will be able to use your credit card easily. Not that they cannot do it in the first place but once they “learn” your autograph, they can use the credit card to its maximum. Celebrity of course will have a collection of this plastic magic and these smart thieves will only need one of them. They shop; they dine and have fun under your name.

What is even worse than going on shopping spree with a credit card is when they have access to all your valuable accounts. As a celebrity is famous enough for everybody to know, criminal cam initiate a celebrity from top-to-toe and access the celebrity’s bank account. Using their signature, criminals are able to get whatever they wanted.

People may think that it is ridiculous to think that way but a case has proved to be true. One of Robert de Niro’s look alike has been caught for forging his autograph while staying at a hotel. Forging de Niro’s autograph and claiming to be him is made it even easier. So it will not be at all difficult if other people try to do the same thing next time. Who knows that this will start a series of new crimes?

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This however does not mean that celebrities should stop giving away autographs [http://www.autographsltd.com]. What another alternative that a celebrity can take is that maybe they can opt to have different autograph; one for the fan and another for a more formal business. It may be a bit tiring but it is better to be well-equipped. An autograph my just be another scribbling game, so why not scribble even more.

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What Kind of Tattoos Do Celebrities Get?

Celebrity Tattoos – What Kind of Tattoos Do Celebrities Get? | By Chess McDoogle

Many people wonder what kind of tattoos celebrities get. You may be surprised that most of the time celebrities actually get fairly simple designs. They go to the same local tattoo parlor that everyone else goes to. And they get designs that anyone can get. Here are some facts about celebrity tattoos:

1. Simple Tattoo Designs.

Many celebrities have very simple designs. Britney Spears for example has a pretty straight forward butterfly tattoo. Johnny Depp is tatted up with some pretty basic designs. Celebrities tend not to be hardcore tattoo enthusiasts who seek out the ultimate, elaborate designs. They also can’t afford to get full sleeves or large elaborate designs due to the hassle of having to cover them all up with creams while playing a certain character. The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, is one exception though, as he has fairly elaborate tribal work done on his shoulder/chest area.


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2. Personal Tattoo Designs.

Many celebrities will go with personal designs to symbolize someone in their family or other events in their life. Johnny Depp for example has a tattoo for his mother, and one on his forearm for his son Jack. Peter Fonda sports a few small stars on his arm which represent his children. Brad Pitt has various ink designs symbolizing certain aspects of his wife, Angeline Jolie. One of his tattoos is basically a freehand doodle that she penned on his back, and he rushed to the parlor to get it permanently inked on.

3. Celebrity Tattoos and Cover Up’s/Removal.

There is a large amount of cover up or removal work done when it comes to celebrity tattoos. Since celebrities are notorious for failed relationships, they often have ink representing their former celebrity lover, which of course, does not last. Johnny Depp for instance had “Winona Forever” tatted on his arm representing Winona Ryder. That relationship bombed, so he had removed part of her name so it now reads “Wino Forever”. Angeline Jolie has had a few tattoos removed from her body which represented her old flame, Billy Bob Thornton.

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Cocaine Use by College Students and Celebrities

Cocaine Use by College Students and Celebrities | By Dennis Soinski

Cocaine Use Increases

An article entitled “Cocaine Epidemic Feared As Cocaine Deaths Nearly Double In Florida Over Past 5 Years” was featured on the “Medical News Today” website on October 21, 2006. Not surprisingly, the information contained in this article was quite disconcerting. For instance, one of the key points in the article was that cocaine use is on the rise among college students with disposable income and also among high-profile celebrities. Perhaps of more importance, however, are two facts that are associated with the escalation in cocaine use: the increased cocaine-related emergency room visits and the rising cocaine-related fatalities. In fact, according to Florida drug authorities, cocaine-related deaths in Florida have almost doubled from 2000 to 2005.


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Why People Use Cocaine

Why do various individuals use cocaine? Cocaine gives a person a feeling of euphoria, energy, and at times, an unbelievable, almost superhuman sense of control and mastery. For instance, some people who have taken cocaine have been known to leap out of windows or off rooftops, thinking that they could fly or that they could jump dozens of feet without getting injured. There is, however, a physiological reason why people continue to use cocaine after their first encounter. Cocaine exhausts the “feel-good” neurotransmitter dopamine, thus causing a need for even more use. In short, and from a physiological perspective, cocaine use perpetuates more cocaine use.

Fatalities and Cocaine Use

To gain a better understanding of the ultimate danger inherent in cocaine use, namely death, one needs to focus on the timeframe regarding its life-threatening effects. To accomplish this, cocaine use will be compared with prescription drug abuse.

The abuse of prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Adderall can trigger abrupt cardiac or respiratory arrest at the time of abuse. Thus the critical and fatal timeframe when abusing prescription drugs is mostly “short-term.” Conversely, due to the snowballing effects of cocaine, especially regarding the blood vessel damage that increases the risk of stroke or heart attack as a person ages, users can suddenly die years after their cocaine abuse started. Therefore, the critical and fatal timeframe for cocaine use, unlike the same measure for prescription drug abuse, is typically “long term.”

Why the Rise in Cocaine Use?

Why is cocaine use increasing? One of the reasons is that celebrities who are addicted to cocaine have become “walking cocaine advertisements” and, as a result, have been able to adversely influence others, such as students, who have access to relatively large amounts of disposable income.

The Need For Intervention and Education


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Florida drug experts stress that additional drug education and intervention need to take place in schools, colleges, and in local communities nationwide to help prevent a full-blown cocaine epidemic. I agree, but to be effective, I assert that the intervention and educational strategy has to include facts that challenge the lifestyles of the cocaine-using celebrities. Let me explain. Students need to be aware that they are observing a “snapshot in time” that does not reveal “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey would say. Stated differently, college students who are impressed by cocaine-using high rollers need to learn how to see through the VIPs’ facade and realize that they are getting “sold” faulty goods by the cocaine-using rich and famous.

Many celebrities are at or approaching middle age. As a result, most, if not all, of the high-profile chronic cocaine have learned first-hand about the consequences of their drug-related lifestyles. On the other hand, most “traditional” college students are either teenagers or very young adults. Due to the cumulative effects of cocaine use, however, college students who continue to use cocaine are essentially playing Russian roulette with their near and long-term future.

The Rest of the Story

College students must be made aware of the fact that the cocaine-using celebrities that they are impressed with are really loose cannons that may explode into oblivion at any time because of their drug-related lifestyles. This “ultimate” and fatal consequence, however, does not tell the whole story. Indeed, the “rest of the story” also focuses on both the short-term and the long-term health consequences of cocaine use.

Short and Long-Term Effects of Cocaine Use

What the impressionable students have not seen are the friends of celebrities who have died from cocaine-related cardiac arrest, seizures, strokes, and respiratory failure. In addition, the vulnerable students have not been told about the “coke crash” that certainly has left some of the rich and famous depressed, irritable, and fatigued.

Not only this, but the easily influenced students have not been informed about the loss of smell, problems with swallowing, and the nosebleeds experienced by some of the rich and famous who got their cocaine “buzz” via snorting. Moreover, the “receptive” students have not been notified about the bizarre, unpredictable, and at times violent behavior of many high rollers who took increasingly larger doses of cocaine in order to experience the desired high.

Additionally, the suggestible students were not informed about the abdominal pain and nausea experienced by some of the cocaine-using celebrities. In a similar manner, the impressionable students were not told about the paranoid psychosis and auditory hallucinations experienced by various VIPs who experimented with binge cocaine use, i.e., taking more frequent AND higher doses of the drug at the same time.

Moreover, the vulnerable students were not told about the fever, convulsions, blurred vision, muscle spasms, and comas experienced by some of the cocaine-using VIPs or by some of their friends who “party” with them. Similarly, the impressionable students were not told about the major weight loss, malnourishment, and loss of appetite experienced by numerous celebrities who have been chronic cocaine users. And finally, the susceptible students were not informed about the severe chest pains, coughing, shortness of breath, and bleeding in the lungs experienced by some of the celebrities who got their cocaine “buzz” via smoking.

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Conclusion

College students need to become knowledgeable of the immediate and the long-term health problems that virtually all chronic cocaine users, even celebrities, eventually experience. In addition, they need to become aware of their vulnerability to cocaine use due to the fact that, statistically speaking, the 18 to 25-year-old age group currently has the highest rate of cocaine use compared to other age groups. Until college students can “see” the contradictions and damaging effects inherent in the questionable lifestyles of cocaine-using VIPs, however, some of them will continue to follow the destructive paths of the high-profile cocaine-using celebrities.

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Alcohol Abuse. Celebrities Who Have Undergone Rehab

Celebrities Who Have Undergone Alcohol Abuse Rehab | By Sarika Kabra

There are literally countless well known, even well loved celebrities, who are very much in the public eye, who have undergone an alcohol rehab program. While some have managed to kick the habit successfully with their alcohol addiction rehab, others have gone on to relapse, some more than once and have been on a rollercoaster ride, staying on and falling off the wagon.


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Whether the celebrities were able to put the alcohol abuse rehab program to the best use and stay sober or whether they relapsed, their very public struggle with alcohol abuse has given hope, guidance and courage to many others to face their problems and fight to save their lives.

The list of celebs with abuse problems, who have seen the inside of an alcohol addiction rehab center is very long; names such as these are only a small sample of the individuals that have graced these lists from time to time: actors like Robin Williams, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Affleck, Samuel L Jackson, Patrick Swayze, Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, Demi Moore, Elizabeth Taylor, Colin Farrel, Kiefer Sutherland, Melanie Griffith, Drew Barrymore, Kate Moss, Mel Gibson, Matthew Perry, Charlie Sheen and others have been in rehab at least once for some or other form of substance abuse. Musicians and / or singers like Michael Jackson, Eminem, Boy George, Jonny Cash, Kurt Cobain, Whitney Houston, James Brown, Eddie Van Halen, Liza Minneli, Ozzy Osborne, David Bowie have all also battled substance addiction and have, at some point been in a drug alcohol rehab program to kick their addiction. Even famous athletes such as Mike Tyson has been in rehab and even people such as Dick Cheney, who has held high office for this country.


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There is much that others can learn from the celebrities who have either deliberately or inadvertently shared their struggles with the rest of the populace. For one these very public battles with substance abuse can help individuals recognize that they have in fact got a problem. Knowing for instance that Eddie Van Halen’s substance dependence was making it impossible for him to proceed with long tours and performances can help people recognize how addiction can affect a person’s livelihood and life. Robert Downey Jr.’s many addiction, several arrests and badly derailed career in spite of being a tremendously talented actor is a salutary lesson about how an addiction can take over a person’s life and destroy it.

It can help someone who is in denial and help them identify and admit to the problem which is the first step in the journey to correction. What others can take heart from is that celebs, who have a lot of public and other pressure on them often undergo a heroic struggle with their demons and their addictions and emerge victorious; these are success stories, the like of which can give great encouragement and support to others.

Lastly, celebrity alcohol addiction rehab have help people over the shame that they may feel in admitting to their problems. If a much admired celebrity can admit to a frailty of the magnitude of this addiction, then surely it can give many others the courage to do the same.

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Celebrities Get The Needle


Botox Body Beautiful – Celebrities Get The Needle
| By Victoria Cochrane

Botox is now a relatively well known form of treatment for facial wrinkles, and celebrities have been among the first to champion its use.

At first glance, it may seem a little odd that people are willing to undergo a treatment that involves injecting a neurotoxin (which just happens to be one of the most lethal, naturally occurring toxins in the world!) into their faces. But although botox, which is actually the brand name for botulinim toxin, is highly toxic it is only used in harmless, minute quantities for medical practices.

The main effect of this toxin is to cause flaccid paralysis of the muscles, which prevents a muscle from being able to contract for about 3-4 months. Wrinkles are caused by the contraction of facial muscles, so using botox paralyses the muscle in the relaxed position, thereby reducing the appearance of lines, or creases in the forehead, brow or around the eyes.


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One of the most attractive aspects of botox treatment is that it’s a fairly simple and non surgical procedure which involves only a series of short injections. Other benefits are that it’s relatively inexpensive, quick and easy to have, and the positive results can be observed after just three days following treatment. Unlike invasive surgery, there is no recovery period, and very few side effects. Some patients sometimes report redness and swelling around the treatment site, but this usually last for less an hour.

The list of celebrities who have reportedly undergone botox skin rejuvenation include: Cher, Elizabeth Hurley, Geri Hallowell, Kylie and Madonna. But it’s not just the ladies who are taking advantage of this wonder skin treatment, and even the ‘Peter Pan of pop’, Cliff Richard, has admitted to using botox; while Sylvester Stallone is also rumoured to have undergone the needle.

The media has of course played up botox’ use in celebrity circles and tabloids are constantly running “exposes” attempting to “out” celebrities that have used it. But the truth is that the treatment is very popular, and in the world of cosmetic treatments is considered fairly innocuous (especially compared to breast enhancements, nose-jobs and face lifts) and many celebrities, such as Joan Rivers and Sharon Osbourne freely admit that they use botox injections to improve their appearance.

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Aside from its use in cosmetic treatment (which didn’t begin until 1987), Botox has several other medical applications and has been used in the treatment of migraines, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and blepharospasm (involuntary blinking).

The medical profession’s general opinion of botox is that as long as it’s not overdone it can be a very effective, quick and pain free method of reducing facial lines; and it’s likely to get more popular with those who want wrinkle-free skin.

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Celebrities As Politicians – Can They Lead Effectively?

Celebrities As Politicians – Can They Lead Effectively? | By Archana Debnath

We in India enjoy a democratic set up to govern and manage the affairs of the nation. We wield the right to select people amongst ourselves to help us in running our country. Right from Village Panchayat (Council) to Assembly at State level and to Lok Sabha (Parliament) at National level, it is the ubiquitous politician elected by us who works to manage the matters of the country.

If the politician is to be chosen by us from amongst one of us, then celebrities have all the right to be chosen as politicians. And in case they are not allowed then this will amount to discrimination. In India we don’t believe in discriminating against any citizen.


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But as politicians, can celebrities do justice performing the role of leaders of this vast and diverse nation? Will celebrities be serious politicians taking their job with requisite diligence that it calls for? Will they connect with the common man at the grass root level and be ready to serve them with all sincerity? Or are they trying to join politics simply to garner more wealth and fame?

It is but natural to raise such doubts about capabilities and effectiveness of celebrities as politicians. After all it is generally understood that celebrities move around in super rich circles and live in an almost unrealistically comfortable posh world, a world far removed from the harsh realities of a common man’s existence. In such a scenario is it possible for the celebrity politician to ever understand the pain and struggle of the man on the street? Will such a politician come down to ground zero and put his make-up in disarray under a scorching sun , or get his manicured hands soiled working in his constituency? There are many more such questions that crop up in our minds the moment we hear of a celebrity turning politician. But I guess its now time to do a rational analysis of efficacy of a celebrity politician vis-a-vis a normal politician. In succeeding paragraphs we will carry out a reality check on these issues and try to arrive at a considered conclusion.

The basic foundation on which democracy prospers is educated leaders leading a literate population. Most of our present politicians are barely educated, with some blissfully uneducated. In comparison almost all celebrities are sufficiently educated to lead a democratic nation. Now it is for you to decide as to who is better poised to handle the complicated affairs of a nation at various levels.

Most of our present day politicians are either linked to some cognizable crime or connected to criminals. On the other hand only a handful of celebrities can be accused of hobnobbing with criminals. Then why do we object to celebrities joining politics! At least we’ll have cleaner political parties if celebrities join politics in droves.

Successful politicians have a mass appeal and grass root support base. That is the mantra of their success. Celebrities, especially movie stars, also have mass appeal and can cement a support base. But what if after winning an election a celebrity politician doesn’t go on ground and work in his constituency? Big deal! Doesn’t the situation sound familiar even today minus the celebrity politicians?

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Even if we accept that celebrity politician is looking for continued wealth and fame, lets admit that a normal politician is also doing the same. In that case should we be overly worried of such intentions? On the other hand, as an educated and a clean personality having mass appeal there are more chances that a celebrity politician will deliver more than the lot we have to currently contend with. If we accept celebrities as politicians then we have a higher probability to do better as a nation, considering the political bankruptcy that India faces today.

An economist with specialization in capital market analysis. The author advises Indian stock market participants through a blog site http://archana-archdeb.blogspot.com.

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Celebrity Gossip Phenomenon

Celebrity Gossip Phenomenon | By Nick Cristey

Celebrities are everywhere and they have taken over today’s mass media. They appear on the renowned tabloids and there is even a large variety of celebrity magazines.

People know more about Paris Hilton, than they do about President Bush. Celebrities always appear in the news for a variety of reasons. Some of them get drunk and make a fool of themselves, or others may even be divorcing or doing things which we would classify as out of ordinary. However, whatever they are doing, we are all turned to watch and pay careful attention to the celebrity gossip. You may ask yourself, what makes the celebrities so special that people are entertained hearing about them?


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If celebrities have marriage problems, what makes hearing about them more interesting that your friends’ or your neighbours’ divorce? I’m sure you would not be interested in hearing about that. Is it because they are more famous, have more money and therefore hearing about their problems is more important? Do you feel that hearing about them makes a difference? Whatever this phenomenon is, the celebrity gossip business is kept alive due to people’s curiosities.

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As Oscar Wilde once said: “The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing”. Would you say that the public spends too many hours a day learning about what celebrities do with zero results? You and thousands of other people may say it’s for entertaining purposes and the majority would agree. Why else would this business be worth millions of dollars ($)?

In conclusion, there are millions of websites, magazines and tabloids out there busy learning about latest celebrity gossip and lifestyle. Some philosophists agree that the mass media has gone out of hands but there’s nothing we can do at the present state. It is all happening due to people’s preferences. The readers are what continuously feed this madness of celebrity news and gossips so it’s all owed to them.

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Celebrity Gossip and Dirt

Celebrity Gossip and Dirt | By Ian Pennington

Celebrity gossip has become a cottage industry in the media, especially after the advent of internet. There are a number of dedicated websites, which provide content on the love life of celebrities, usually with enthralling text and revealing content. A mere Google search on Paris Hilton or Maria Sharappova would lead you to a galaxy of websites, some of which may contain even porn content. That these websites and tabloids in print media, most of which survive by telling the readers the love affairs and idiosyncrasies of various celebrities, generate a considerable amount of revenue tells us that there are people who crave for this kind of news. “Sex sells” is an old saying; but it seems to be relevant in all ages.


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Generally, people are curious to know more and more details about celebrities. Since they always remain in public glare, it is inevitable that the life of a celebrity is almost like an open book. There is no room for secrecy, and people always read between the lines. As far as media is concerned, it is easier to get news and images about celebrities than getting hard facts. Moreover, one can reasonably assume that the news and image will get noticed. Sometimes the celebrities themselves cleverly plant certain news about themselves in the media, which they think would fetch them some benefits. Some of the people, especially fans, who read this kind of stuff feel somewhat “empowered” after knowing a great deal about the private life of a celebrity. So celebrity gossip is definitely going to continue in the media, despite the criticism from some quarters. One cannot withdraw a selling commodity from the market.

The downsides of this kind of cheap celebrity gossip are many. Most important thing is that it affects the basic right of privacy of a person. Not all celebrities enjoy the kind of public and media attention bestowed on them. Sometimes, the intensity of the media glare breaks down the celebrity.

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Also, there have been rumors published in the media, which caused divorce in many celebrity marriages and resulted in breaking up of many long-lasting relationships. The case of Princes Diana is an example of such harassment by the media. The rigorous pursuit of Paparazzi photographers can be attributed as one of the causes of her death in an accident that occurred while fleeing from Paparazzi. Another more devilish tendency is taking photographs and video of the celebrities without their permission and sometimes without their knowledge. Most of the photographs are taken from cute angles to improve the glamour quotient. A more dangerous trend is digitally morphing the image of the celebrity to some sexually explicit content. Media also turn a blind eye on ethics while publishing unverified reports about a celebrity because they know that most of the readers are interested in celebrity gossip however dirty it is.

Ian Pennington is an accomplished niche website developer and author.
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Our Fascination With Celebrities

Our Fascination With Celebrities | By Denise Gallimore

Like our fascination in watching an ant (or the entire anthill for that matter) squirm when we angle the magnifying glass just so at the sun, so too goes our fascination with celebrity. As the latest installment of American Idol shows, the average man just wants to be acknowledged and what better way than becoming a ‘star’. A lot of us dream of it, very few of us attain it and for those lucky (or unlucky depending on your perspective) to be under the magnifying glass of celebrity the rewards seem to be great.


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Not having ever been a celebrity myself, although I am somewhat of a ‘big cheese’ in my home town (smugly buffs nails on shirt), I must say that being a celebrity doesn’t seem all bad. I would take the money and the gift bags and the free things and umm did I say money? … Yeah, I would greatly enjoy the perks of ‘celebrityhood’ (or is it celebritydom?) any day but how many of us could live up to that scrutiny?

To have your every move recorded, your relationships scrutinized, your smallest slip-up or shortcoming discussed by millions (for those of us with large families we already get a taste of this … Thanks Mom!). Now I know some of you are thinking the money and perks would balance this out but think about the freedom of anonymity you have now, you can pick your nose in public if you want to, you may get a few stares but ‘the event’ will not be recorded and picked over (pun intended, Ha!) for time immemorial.

But why are we so fascinated? Does our fascination help us to feel better about ourselves? Or is it sparked by envy? For whatever reasons celebrity news and gossip is big business and with the latest news being available at our fingertips everyone and their grandmothers has a blog about one celebrity or other. Many of us readily denounce gossiping in our daily lives yet feed our guilty pleasure by logging on to the latest ‘most hated celebrity’ blogs to see the latest snide comments about this or that person.

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Our celebrities have become like that poor fried ant. We feel superior as we sit at our desks and look with pity or scorn at the latest young celebrity to end up in jail or forget their panties or fall flat on their face drunk. But alas fame and celebrity are synonymous and as Newton said for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction so too the money and perks cause curiosity and the paparazzi. Now … since it’s been more than an hour since I checked that blog, I’m now off to see what Britney is up to.

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Celebrity Obsession?

Celebrity Obsession? | By Eugene Brenner

Americans, and indeed many people around the world, are hooked on celebrity news and gossip. Our media centered world feeds this obsession. By all accounts, this Hollywood star worship continues to grow.

We can discern three reasons for this phenomenon:

1) Identity— Here an individual identifies with a particular celebrity. This is the image and personality he or she would like to be in the imagination. Even the meek and downtrodden can dream of being Bruce Willis or Sylvester Stallone defeating the bad guys in high style. How many coming of age baby boomers wished they were Elvis, a Beatle–or Ann Margaret?

2) Diversion— Psychologists know that a depressed individual will become less so when he or she can focus on some outer experience, any neutral or pleasant experience that breaks the obsession with self. Although most celebrity seekers are not depressed, this plays into the celebrity centered life. It’s pleasurable for the individual to see images of very attractive and well known stars and it’s a break from day-to-day routine activities.

3) Esteem Build-Up— We’ve all done it even if we know it’s not our best moment. We feel momentarily good about a celebrity’s messy and very public life, especially for a multi million dollar earner with many adoring fans. These public humiliations make us feel that perhaps our lives are more successful than we take credit for. We may not make millions of dollars or appear on the big screen, but at least most of us have not engaged in drunken brawls, entered luxury re-hab for the fourth time or driven a car with a baby on our lap!


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Backgound

Hollywood’s influence has been felt in American culture for decades. Movie fan magazines began in 1911 and prospered through the decades with names like Photoplay and Modern Screen leading the pack. By the late 1940ss and 1950s, America’s growing wealth spurred adolescents and young adults to buy and read these magazines in even large numbers. Magazines of this era included Photoplay, Modern Screen, Silver Screen, Movie Fan, Movie Story, Screen Album, Screen Stars, and Screen Stories. Features were typically lightweight and often centered around shopping dilemmas for hounded stars or stories from the set of a new movie. The slick color photos were really the centerpieces of these magazines.

By the 1960s, specialty magazines such as Screen Legends and Film and TV Careers featured celebrity profiles and interviews. It was in this period that many magazines began featuring more salacious material to boost circulation. That led to this era’s tabloids which include the National Enquirer, the National Examiner, Star and US. Although some stories are largely fabricated, readers want to believe it and it’s the writer’s job to make each story sound credible. Although most celebrities decry the tabloids, their own publicists often suggest story lines to magazine editors. One fact is certain, sensational news is big business and the demand for this type of entertainment continues unabated.

Television and celebrity news are an ideal match. Sound, moving images and an enthusiastic host makes for addicting viewing. Entertainment Tonight began broadcasting in 1981 and set the benchmark for slick and fast paced half hour episodes focusing on Hollywood news with a focus on controversial star behavior. Cable TV outlets such as CNN, A&E, and even your local newscast often include celebrity centered programming. E! network owes its very existence to celebrities and their foibles. And Hollywood celebrities still make of the majority of late night shows’ guest lists.

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Many younger fans get their news primarily from the internet. A recent Google search brings up over 18 million hits for “celebrity news.” RSS news feeds are available to bring the latest news of your favorite stars right to your desktop. Recent upstart TMZ has become an internet powerhouse. TMZ has the corporate backing of AOL and Telepictures Productions, a division of Warner Bros. The web site has garnered attention from other entertainment outlets by publishing Mel Gibson’s DUI police report, showing an image of Tom Cruise and Katie Holme’s daughter’s birth certificate and presenting a cell phone video of Michael Richard’s racial outburst at a comedy club.

The internet is a solid match for those looking for images of their favorite stars. A single site can hold many thousands of images, all cataloged by name. Web searchers can copy and paste these images for their own personal use. Popular destinations include personal blogs, My Space profiles or other social networks, and as computer desktop screen savers and wallpaper.

Is this modern day obsession with celebrity harmful? As with anything, if it interferes with conducting your daily life, it just may be. But as a leisure time activity, it’s no more than a harmless and enjoyable diversion.

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