Personal Media: Everything and Everywhere

Post By Jessica Mattes

As celebrities, David Arquette and Courtney Cox expect their faces and divorce to be spotlighted in today’s invasive media. However, journalists cannot be blamed for the publicly explicit details of Arquette’s extracurricular activities due to his appearance on Howard Stern’s Sirius Satellite Radio show.

The day after the couple’s announcement Arquette told the public of the couple’s “five-month dry spell” and intimate relationship with waitress Jasmine Waltz. According to the Huffinton Post’s article about his not-so-secret affair with Waltz, Arquette quickly apologized for sharing too much via Twitter:

With this seemingly open confession, I conclude that celebrities have conformed society and to having their daily lives broadcast through multiple mediums. Has the public become so persistent to know the latest gossip that these normal people must turnover their most private secrets?

Even further, celebrities and average citizens are turning to the Internet for information on how to deal with personal experiences such as divorce. Websites such as divorcemag.com (also available in print) advises couples through divorce, provides lawyers and other resources, or you can simply download state divorce documents. What ever happened to couples therapy?

The Internet has made it (everything) too easy. Maybe Arquette found his romance through an affair website such as I Ashley Madison or The Affair Guide and can now counsel himself through possibly the roughest time of his life with help from a divorce website. It is no longer what can the public receive through our irresistible medium, but what can’t the public access with a simple click of a mouse.

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2 responses to “Personal Media: Everything and Everywhere

  1. Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa

    I understand the point you make about how the media is changing social interaction and how it’s unbelivable that there are actually counseling websites. But I don’t think you can say Arquette’s use of twitter as something that causes to expect this sort of behavior from celebrities. It’s not a very classy move and he probably should not be so public about it for Cox’s sake. But the fact is that celebrities should have the freedom to express themselves in social mediums just as we do. Obviously by doing so, it attracts all sorts of media attention. What I’m saying is, celebrities have as much right as we do to voice their emotions in the internet in whichever way they wish. As to what you say about the counseling websites, I think that’s just bizarre and if you are really trying to help your marriage that way, you probably do not think too much of your marriage.

  2. I’ve never understand why people feel the need to broadcast their entire lives into the public sphere of the Internet. I usually scoff at those who update their Facebook statuses every hour of the day or tweet about every person they encountered in a three-hour span. But at the same time, anyone can do whatever they want. David can tweet about his private divorce and talk about it whenever and however he wants. Do I think he should? No. But what I think doesn’t matter. I don’t know him, so I don’t care about what he does. The Internet is full of information that I don’t care about, know about or want to know about. I can filter it. So although I agree that pretty much anything and everything is out there, we need to take responsibility for what we use the Internet for. We can filter. We just have to choose to.

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