15 Minutes of…….Fame?

Have you heard of Love Island? I hadn’t until today but, apparently 4 times as many people apply to take part in it than apply to go to Oxbridge (Oxford or Cambridge Universities). Why? Well, this is just my opinion you understand, because the former offers the chance of instant ‘fame’ and oodles of cash and the latter requires a lot of hard work and effort. 

Have you heard of Love Island? I hadn’t until today but, apparently 4 times as many people apply to take part in it than apply to go to Oxbridge (Oxford or Cambridge Universities). Why? Well, this is just my opinion you understand, because the former offers the chance of instant ‘fame’ and oodles of cash and the latter requires a lot of hard work and effort.

love-islandIn an attempt to understand this latest televisual phenomenon I had a look at an article in the Independent Newspaper and, I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t understand a word of it; Chaucer made more sense to me than this article! Still, not to be deterred I continued with my investigation and found something that explained the ‘plot’…..I think. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong but the idea seems to be that a group of young, physically attractive men and women are put together in a villa in Spain, things happen and someone wins £50,000 – is that about the size of it? Apparently, when the show is over, a fair few of the contestants, at least the popular ones, then go on to make more cash by endorsing products and generally being a ‘celebrity’.

I’ve got to admit, I don’t really get reality TV; why not just look out of the window if you want to see reality or, better yet, go outside and experience it. However, I do understand people who want to take part, don’t we all want our 15 minutes of fame? I just wish that the 80,000+ people who auditioned had slightly higher aspirations than getting their kit off on television and having their every waking moment filmed for the vicarious pleasure of their ‘fans’. I also wish that something more was required of the contestants than just to look beautiful and that the show had some other purpose than to promote the idea that you can get something for nothing in life…….After all there is no skill in being attractive, that’s just the luck of the genes.

oxford graduationMaybe this is just harmless entertainment but I do wonder why more young people seem to aspire to celebrity than academia; yes, you can get your 15 minutes of fame but then what? At least with an Oxbridge education you are pretty much guaranteed work anywhere in the World but as a Z list celebrity what have you got to look forward to as you get older – reality I suppose…

What do you think? I’d love to hear from you

Lisa

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Are We Blinded By Stars?

Have we lost our grip on reality to such an extent that we actually believe we know these rich and famous people that appear on stage and screen and therefore feel justified in scrutinizing their every word and gesture? No, even that doesn’t add up because we don’t do that to the people we do actually know. 

I read the other day that a woman I’d never met said something mean to this other woman; are you gripped? Are you on the edge of your seat? Do you want to hear more? No, of course not because it’s a really godawful, boring story. What if I mention the names of the two women involved: Roseanne Barr and Valerie Jarrett, are you interested now?

Small conflictThe essence of this story is that one famous woman said something utterly childish and insulting about another woman on Twitter and yet it is all over the news with even the President of the United States commenting on it…….WHY??? In the same week another woman I’m sure that none of us have never met called another woman none of us could claim to be friends with a c**t and, again, its in news reports all over the world, complete with in depth analysis by journalists and commentators.

In the same week a truck ploughed into a group of people who were celebrating Labour Day in the Bahamas, killing 4 and injuring another 21; did you hear about it? It was also reported that over 4,500 died last year in Puerto Rico but did that pop up on your timeline?

Shootings As RoutineThe Times newspaper, that bastion of UK journalism, has a headline today which looks, in depth, at the story behind a footballer’s latest tattoo. This is another story that has dominated traditional and social media alike this week because the tattoo was of a gun. Had the tattoo been on the leg of any ordinary moral I am pretty sure that most people wouldn’t have batted an eyelid but, because it appeared on Raheem Sterling it was big ‘news’. Of course, while everyone is debating the rights and wrongs of having a tattoo of a gun, people are actually being shot and killed, families are losing people that they love.

Brad and angelineI suppose my question to you is why have we all become so obsessed with celebrities and the minutiae of their lives to such an extent that World headlines become dominated by a few ill chosen words or a new tattoo. If one of our friends insulted someone in the way that Roseanne Barr did what would we do? Call her out, tell her not to be so childish and move on? Or would we want to discuss they whys and the wherefores with every single person that we met? Would we then expect all of those people to take sides and continue said argument with all their friends? I’m guessing not so, if the real world doesn’t work like that, why oh why does Celebrity World? Is it a distraction? Puerto Rico Hurricane MariaAre we so afraid of the real world around us and the destruction and violence that takes place within it that we have immersed ourselves in a virtual world where a single word or action can cause controversy and moral outrage?

Maybe our own lives are so boring that we look to Celebrity World to furnish us with the gossip that’s missing from our world? Have we lost our grip on reality to such an extent that we actually believe we know these rich and famous people that appear on stage and screen and therefore feel justified in scrutinizing their every word and gesture? No, even that doesn’t add up because we don’t do that to the people we do actually know. 

I really don’t know why this is happening but I do feel that, with our eyes blinded by stars, we are stumbling around in the dark and missing the really important things that are happening around us. What do you think?

Lisa

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