Society all about entertainment and tabloids?

By Gianna Shikitino
November 21, 2008

It seems as though everywhere you turn, you run into tabloids.

Whether you’re in the hair or nail salon waiting to be called in, walking past a newsstand or browsing the Web.

Why is it that our age group cares so much about celebrities?

They’re not newsworthy. So why do most teens turn to tabloids and reality television shows to catch their daily entertainment gossip fix?

Because our society revolves around entertainment.

American culture is succumbing to a superficial, unrealistic consciousness. Many other cultures around the world view forms of entertainment differently. Instead of watching an MTV reality show, other cultures dance and perform as forms of entertainment.

The way that some American teenagers become obsessed with tabloids and celebrities is really starting to worry me. Celebrities, underneath all of the fame and fortune, are people just like you and me. So why do magazines such as People, OK! and Us Weekly stalk the lives of celebrities?

They know that most of our society wants to know their every move and wants to follow up on them, and selling their magazines equals more money.

The reporters of the overly-read tabloids desperately pick celebrities and create rumors or assumptions based on pictures the paparazzi had taken of them.

So if most of the tabloids produce rumors and false accusations then why are people still reading and buying them?

Is it because they have nothing else better to occupy their time? I really can’t answer that, because I’m trying to figure it out myself.

Sometimes I feel bad for celebrities who repeatedly get attacked by tabloids and entertainment news channels.

No one is perfect in this world, so reporters and paparazzi should respect the issues or problems that some celebrities may face.

For example, Britney Spears is always making top news for the entertainment category.

In a way, I feel sorry for her because all of her problems that she has faced over the years have been in the spotlight for people to see and read about.

It seems as though many topics of conversation revolve around entertainment. I’m always hearing people talk about reality TV shows and I say, “Who cares!”

I’m not saying we have to be boring and talk about stuff that our grandparents would talk about, but come on, does the youth even care about real issues anymore?

You know what really bothers me is that despite how our economy is going under, celebrities are still making millions of dollars each year.

In my intro to sociology class last week, when we were learning about social stratification we found out that Judge Judy makes an estimated $25 million per year whereas a supreme court judge makes $200,000 per year.

Why is it that a day- time television judge makes so much more than a supreme court judge? Because many foolish day-time television watchers are tuning into the ridiculous shows.

I don’t think it’s wrong to have a celebrity role model, or a celebrity to idolize, but what bugs me is when people say that Paris Hilton is their role model.

Why can’t girls see that someone like Paris Hilton, who came out with a sex tape and basically inherited her father’s money to become famous, isn’t inspirational?

Her new television show called “My new BFF,” as well as many other reality series on MTV or VH1, has no purpose other than to entertain teens on an unrealistic and superficial level.

I just don’t understand why girls would idolize Paris Hilton rather than someone like Natalie Portman who has graduated from college and is a positive role model.

So will this obsession with reading and following up on tabloids about celebrities and gossip come to an end?

I don’t think it will, because as the years are going by, television stations and magazines are coming up with desperate attempts to keep piling in cash.

As long as our society is tuning in, the tabloids and reality shows will continue to take over entertainment.

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