I have always wondered why celebrities get held in such high regard by today’s society. They are people with skills like ever one else, so why are they put on pedestal? Let’s delve into these questions and try to better understand the celebrity phenomenon that our society perpetuates.
I think we long for what we don’t have and what we can’t do. Not everyone can shoot a basketball like Michael Jordan or make acting look easy like Morgan Freeman. A select few in our society can be professional actors, sports stars, models, and singers. With the perfection achieved comes wealth and in America we chase after wealth like a moth to flame. We don’t just chase after wealth. Our society tells us to get stuff, look a certain way, and we’ll be happy. The celebrities look that certain way, have the money, the toys, and we believe them to be happy. They are what we want to be thus we hold in them in such high esteem that we want to know everything about them.
We keep this phenomenon going because we are a voyeuristic people. We love to watch those that we deem successful. The everyday person wants to emulate their lives and as a result we want to know everything about them. We want to know what cars they drive, the clothes they wear and purchase and the restaurants they eat at and so on. We long to be like them and we want a glimpse of what we could be like if we had what they have. So try an imitate then but we often fail. Since we don’t have what rich and famous have we as a society love to see them fail. We love to see the high and mighty come crumbling down. It shows us their just like us with everyday troubles like the rest of us.
It’s a cycle that will never end. New people will become famous and we will long to be like them they go on a pedestal. Then we try to emulate them and love to watch them fail. This is the celebrity phenomenon of modern day America.
modern day America.