The Reasons Why Many People in the Late 20th Century are so Attracted to Celebrities
Many people in the 20th century are very attracted to celebrities.
Celebrities are singers, models, film stars, politicians – anybody who
is famous and constantly in the limelight. The extent to which people
in the late 20th century are fascinated by celebrities can be seen in
the extensive media coverage of every detail of their lives as well as
the high social status attached to them.
There are several reasons why people in the late 20th century are so
enthralled by celebrities. Firstly, celebrity worship has been
elevated to a peak in the late 20th century because of the dynamic
world of today. The world has developed rapidly such that there are
many countries that have achieved a higher standard of living and a
higher level of income. People are richer and are living better. In
the developed and highly industrialized nations, people have the spare
money to spend on entertainment. Therefore, they spend their leisure
time following the lives of the celebrities, hoping to obtain release
from their mundane lifestyles. An example is the case of teenagers in
Japan, working themselves into frenzy over their favorite idols and
bands like BOA and “Speed”.
The late 20th century has also seen many disasters such as wars, plane
crashes and earthquakes. We have racial disputes in Indonesia, ethnic
cleansing in Yugoslavia and the recent economic recession, among other
problems. People thus turn to celebrities to escape the harsh
realities of their circumstances and search for glamour and success in
the troubled world today. From the success of the celebrities, people
are given hope for a better life. The rags-to-riches story of many
celebrities has inspired people to strive harder. Politicians are also
given greater attention. Many in troubled nations see certain
politicians as the key to their salvation.
Furthermore, the late 20th century has seen the emergence and death of
many outstanding celebrities. From Marilyn Monroe to James Dean to
Princess Diana, all of these celebrities possessed great charisma,
talent and character, making them all the...