|Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn|
Celebrities from the past
So when a person appears on a 'reality' TV show, is scandalous, rich, related to someone famous, sleeps with someone famous, or simply for doing nothing - we tend to them on a pedestal - and in the spotlight, which I find, says a lot about our culture.
|Snooki, Paris Hilton and The Kardashians|
We want to know everything about everyone and Marshall, (2010) suggests the lines between public and private lives of celebrities are becoming blurred. We therefore have become a culture where if no news is available we make the news from those we consider ‘celebrities’ – whether it’s babies, boob jobs, marriages, divorces, sex tapes and other various scandals.
Besides, who better to follow around than people with too much time on their hands and more money than sense...? ‘Celebrities’ of course!
Bell, C E 2010, 'American idolatry: Celebrity, commodity, and reality television', 70 thesis, ProQuest Information & Learning, <online link>
Marshall, D P 2010, 'The Specular Economy', Society, vol. 47, no. 6, pp. 498-502.