We all want to see our name in lights, the glamour and the glitter. Fame and fortune is the name of this drug.
I have a daily ritual that I follow every single morning without fail. My alarm radio turns on as I listen out for the show business news. Then as I’m eating my cereal I switch on to the news channel and watch if any headlines show business takes my interest. Logging on to my Hotmail I check through my e-mails and see if I received my daily gossip newsletters. While checking my e-mails I also look at my favorite celebrity blog, On No They Didn’t, I won’t move until I’ve read every post and have caught up to the last time I read it.
Before I’ve even left the house I have been subjected to every media outlets from radio, television and the Internet. It’s like a drug to me, I have to know the ins and outs in the world of celebrity. I should also mention I have celebrity worship syndrome.
I worship these celebrity gods. I want to read about them in Heat magazine, watch their reality show and even want to smell like them by buying their products.
Katie Price is a perfect example in capturing this market and helping fuel the fire. Not a day goes by and we won’t be reading a new article about her, she’s always promoting some new products whether it be a new perfume, horse riding kit or a new book (which is all ghost written of course). There isn’t a week where Katie Price isn’t airing her dirty laundry to the world.
It reminds me when I was younger and I was in the playground shouting “look at me, look at me”, Of course nobody did. The same principal applies here with these celebrities, instead of shouting in a playground, they’re shouting out onto the world stage.
Through modern technology we don’t have to step outside, everything we need is inside – social networks, 24 hours news channels, not to forget smart phone apps. With all this wonderful technology, we may never speak to an actual real person. Through evolution we human beings always spoke face to face, now it only in the last 100 years we don’t have to face anyone. I speak to all my friends via Facebook for example. This could be why I have social anxiety. It also shows what a dangerous medium this could be and how it is re-wiring our brain, making us more subjective to any form of news. This can lead into a dangerous obsession and we start believing these smiling celebrities can see us through our television screen. Fame is a drug that should be regulated, it’s an aspiration drug that’s fed into our subconscious.
A recent study asked schoolchildren from around the world what do they want to be when they grow up? Of course they all want to be rich and famous.
Of course the simple solution would be to turn off the television, disconnect from the Internet and take up a new hobby. We all need to disconnect ourselves and take a blind eye. It’s time to reconnect to reality before it late. Isn’t it time we start turning down the Heat a little?
You might be interested in this interesting documentary:
(This is an old uni article.)