OPINION: Our infatuation with fame leaks into how we live our lives

by | Sep 29, 2016 | Opinion

Hailey DeWitt Williams


Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard the breaking news that everyone seems to be talking about. No, it’s not bombings, corruption, or the shootings of innocent black men. People are losing their minds over the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie split.
Is it surprising to hear about another divorce? No. Is it surprising that news outlets find this a worthwhile story that must be reported to the people? Also, no.
Celebrity coverage is rampant simply because we consume it.
We’ve become a society addicted to fame and it’s slowly infiltrated every part of our lives. We’re a celebrity-obsessed culture. Fame is the drug and we’re constantly being spoon fed our next fix.
Celebrities are there when you turn on the TV and they’re on the shelf while you wait in line at the grocery store.
The headlines are there when you turn on your phone, log into Facebook or read a magazine. There are tabloids solely dedicated to updating us on the smallest details about the lives of people that will never know we exist.
Headlines read “Stars – They’re Just Like Us” trying to normalize people that aren’t normal.
Part of us aims to live our lives inspired by stars, keeping alive the belief that there is some superior existence to be attained. Maybe that is why we’re so shocked to hear everyday things happen to these people that live under the shelter of wealth and beauty.
This infatuation with fame has quickly leaked into the way we live our lives. Silently screaming to be noticed as another selfie is posted. Secretly gleaming as another Facebook ‘Like’ comes in.
A study published in Cyberpsychology, done by UCLA’s campus of the Children’s Digital Media Center, showed that fame is the number one value communicated to preteens on television.
In the study, preteens were asked what they wanted in their future, and their number one choice was fame.
Gone are the days when kids wanted to be astronauts and firemen. Now it’s about being a famous singer or becoming a famous YouTuber.
The desire to be famous is empty if you don’t place value on what you want to be famous for.