Posted by Sara Campillo
There is something I notice every time I open a magazine, watch the news or read a newspaper: celebrities. Those who are interesting for what they wear, what they eat and whom they are dating.
It´s widely known that people like to know about other´s lives and above all, they like to be informed about their idol´s life. People copy their favorite singers, actors or just famous people they like. Media, at the end, gives readers what they want to read. But are we paying too much attention to famous people´s lives and not enough to most important things?
The weekly News Interest Index, an ongoing project of the Pew Research Center for People & the Press, showed in 2007 that 40% of the public cited celebrity news as an issue that gets too much attention from the news media. On the other hand, people also answered the survey saying the media is paying too little attention to good things that are happening in the country, including the accomplishments of regular citizens. In the last few years the news about celebrities in the media has grown considerably, and the amount of people with this opinion may have grown, too.
What have celebrities done to be more important than the police officer who lives in our neighbor and helps people every day or the guy who opened his own company through hard work? There are stories out there much more interesting and important for people than the articles about what Paris Hilton has eaten. We can look at people around us and see an idol in them. I don’t think we need as many people being famous for nothing people using newspapers pages and leaving real news out of the journals. I don’t think our news should be filled with celebrities who are famous for nothing rather than real news. The problem is if it´s there because people want to read it.
Is this a media issue for publishing so many celebrities news, or is it the readers’ fault because the media just gives them what they want?
Do you think celebrities’ news should only be published in topical magazines instead of everywhere? Or would you keep it how it is?