The gossip industry has become popular in the last few decades. Our society enjoys knowing about the lives of celebrities. We obsess over celebrities on gossip websites, and even obsess to the extent of stalking these celebrities. This industry has impacted our culture immensely. It has tainted our culture in several ways from creating bad role models for our children to making stalking an everyday affair; either way, the media has changed our society greatly. The gossip industry has brought new entertainment for our pleasure, but it has come with negative consequences.
Our entertainment has changed because of the media. Nowadays, tabloid magazines and gossip websites are among the top forms of entertainment. People love to read the next new article about their favorite celebrity or their favorite celebrity meltdown to watch. Before all the gossip, a lot of people actually read the newspaper to read about important things going on in our society. Now, a lot of the news is just information about celebrities instead of important information such as politics. For example, right now it would not be uncommon for the front page headline to be about Miley Cyrus’s newest antic instead of the crucial government shutdown. We are slowly losing our old ways of sincere and important information.
The celebrity gossip industry has affected our assumptions about entertainment. Usually, we assume that entertainment is just for fun, entertainment is only a reflection of our culture, and entertainment is a personal choice. Nowadays, entertainment is not just for fun. Celebrities entertain us in many ways, but sometimes we do not enjoy what they do yet we still watch them. For instance, many teen idols have had meltdowns. Although it is not fun to watch, we still watch it because we like to see a celebrity appear as a person with problems just like an ordinary person. Entertainment is not a reflection of our culture; entertainment is actually influencing our culture. The way celebrities dress or their newest dance move have created new trends in our culture. People buy into what the celebrities wear, and pay attention to what they do in the tabloids because they want to be more like them. Entertainment is not our personal choice because it has become difficult to get away from gossip when it is everywhere; therefore, we cannot make the choice to keep away from it. Overall, this industry has severely changed our assumptions of entertainment.
The gossip industry has made stalking seem okay in our society. Gossip websites update the public on several celebrity lives every day. Whether the article is about the celebrity’s next movie or even who their next love interest is going to be, either way, the media loves to uncover the juicy gossip. For example, Heather Havrilesky analyzes the website Gawker and claims, “The site’s ‘stalker’ feature in particular demonstrates how much freedom comes from fancying yourself beyond reproach. By dishing the latest...