A friend once described a psychology project where all the students did was observe other people interacting and then take notes on what they saw; "people watching", the segment of the class was called. This form of observing is just that, observational, and no real judgement is being passed; however, the idea being the study is troubling. The notion that information can be relayed solely through ones' perceived actions without any supplemental information is a problem our culture plagued by.
While the attempt has been made to remove such behavior as the cliche "don't judge a book by it's cover" implies, our culture now just reads the table of contents, author's foreword, and first few chapters before passing their judgement. This is no better exemplified by the relationship we share with celebrities. The way we interact with the upper echelon of the social hierarchy, the rich and the famous, gives way to a intimacy and understanding our culture inaccurately believes we hold with celebrities, which creates a medium for unjust scrutiny. Based off the misconceived familiarity that we possess with celebrities, our culture mandates that they hold true to the way we tell them to live; as Daniel Harris describes it in his essay Celebrity...
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...ust playing a game. In our cultures eyes, they're entertainers on and off the screen. Are our lives really so dull that we have to live vicariously through those who "have it all" and therefore should live the perfect lives? Our fascination with celebrities is a waste of time and human potential. We didn't go through 2.2 million years of evolution as recognizable humans to use our brains to read Cosmo and critique what Britney Spears did with her hair at the Oscars the night before; we're better than that.
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