Understanding Celebrity Gossip From a Popular Genre
Celebrity is a word which is loosely applied to describe any person, group or institution who commands considerable public attention for some reason. In recent years, the world has become fascinated by celebrities, and much of this fascination derives from their public persona. In modern popular culture, celebrity is often used to refer to a singer, actor or actress who commands appreciative interest and who, by their public persona, convince the public that they are worth viewing. This idea of celebrity, however, extends well beyond the realms of popular culture. For example, political figures and business leaders regularly command attention, especially during election time.
The media is also a significant factor in the process of celebrity, as it is well known. Television, which is usually referred to as the face of modern entertainment, is almost always associated with a celebrity at least in some way. Almost every major newspaper and channel broadcasts news, advertisements, and events, from around the world almost daily. The medium by which celebrity is understood is vast, and can include the small screen, the internet, and even video games and movies.
The public fascination with celebrities has increased over the last several decades, perhaps culminating in the cult comedy sketch of “Seinfeld” in which the characters were regularly berated by an ever present, oblivious real life version of themselves. This increased public fascination with celebrities and their public persona has had a number of unintended consequences. For example, the advent of televised competitions such as the Dancing With the Stars and The Apprentice has created a type of competition for those wishing to achieve celebrity status. For those with enough money to be able to attend one of these programs, fame can translate into financial wealth and a position in which influence over the masses is invaluable.
Celebrity magazines have also benefitted greatly from the widespread exposure afforded to stars through television and the internet. Advertisers have been forced to create special publications focused solely on the lives and times of their favorite celebrities. These publications have helped to increase ratings for some of America’s most popular television shows and have increased the overall popularity of celebrities even further. The exposure these celebrities receive through the various forms of media that they are surrounded by makes it difficult for them to maintain the privacy that many Americans desire when it comes to their personal information. Additionally, since so much time is spent watching television or even movies starring these entertainers, a great deal of their actual persona has been captured by the industry that they are working in.
Celebrities can also be found in other places besides film and television. Video games, stage performances, and countless other ways exist in which fans can vicariously experience the lives of their favorite celebrities. This is especially true of gaming, and the phenomenon of celebrity worship is nothing new. Ever since the game system was invented, people have been trying to take the experience of actually living their favorite characters and experiencing their adventures to the next level.
In the past decade or so, this passion for entertainment has reached new heights. Thanks to the Internet, many people now have the ability to create an online community based around the common interests of gamers. These fan communities are specifically created to provide a safe haven from the realities of everyday fame for their favorite celebrities. With this surge in interest in the lives of celebrities, the opportunities for anyone interested in gaining insight into the lives of celebrities has never been so accessible.