The Mutation Of Fame Analysis

opinion Essay
1257 words
1257 words

Cole Chase-Beach
Mrs. Lucibello
English 11 H
December 8, 2015

The Mutation of Fame
What person would not want a pinch of fame to be added to the mixture of their life? The vast majority of people will never get to taste that sweet flavor, causing them to look for another source to feed their hunger. The next best thing to your own fame is indulging in others’. However, many people do not stop to look closer and uncover to truth behind this epidemic. No one thinks about the disease that has slowly consumed the population — the industry of celebrity. One could claim that with social media, magazines and daily articles at our disposal it is nearly impossible to resist the temptation to idolize those who don’t deserve their fame. This extends to individuals as well. The way we present …show more content…

Contemporary celebrity is built upon the twisting of truths and at times outright fabrication that are passed off as fact. This runs opposite to Thoreau’s ideals. Although it is the epitome of openness and truth, reality television is not Thoreau’s idea of truth either. He was transcendentalist, the definition of which is, “in order to understand the nature of reality, one must first examine and analyze the reasoning process that governs the nature of experience.” It’s quite possible that he would’ve believed that the act of placing a camera in someone’s home would alter the nature of reality. Society’s way of recognizing who is deserving of being distinguished has become so warped that we now view anyone who is letting us to their lives deserves our praise. Leo Braudy, Ph.D., professor of english at USC stated that, “Fame has become so immediate that it has lost its posterity...with media our entire definition of fame is visibility.” (Neimark). Although we believe that we are seeing the complete truth, a lot of strategy goes into the sculpting of the “truth”. We are meant to see what they intend us to

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that it is impossible to resist the temptation to idolize those who don't deserve their fame. this extends to individuals as well.
  • Explains that heroes were the measure of meaningful fame, not the amount of hits on a webpage. now news outlets are crowded with people doing the opposite of heroic deeds.
  • Opines that people have stopped focusing on themselves because of their fascination with celebrities.
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