, news about famous people may have been confined to gossip columns in newspapers, these days it is not uncommon for celebrities to feature as front page news. There is evidence that the public feels there is too much news coverage of famous people. Not surprisingly, there is concern about how
might be affecting people, and
One of the possible negative consequences of the cult of
is the tendency to confuse fame and notoriety.
scandals are just as likely to receive publicity as
achievements. Indeed, some famous people have received more attention for their misuse of
than for their successes on the
sports. Children who crave attention may come to see misbehaviour as normal.
The emphasis on individuals in the public eye may
of serious news coverage.
to the superficial excitement of
gossip, news about serious events and issues, that have a more profound effect on people_s lives may seem uninteresting. Children may be forming a very
picture of how the world works.
The negative influence of celebrities on children can
be seen in children_s career aspirations. These days, young people are much more to see themselves as potential sports stars or entertainers. The prevalence of these
in the mass media may convey the impression that
positions are plentiful. Children may be developing unrealistic expectations that they too will become rich and famous.
In summary, the cult of
may be affecting children in a number of undesirable ways. It is important that children be taught to critically evaluate what they see in the media so that they can form a more realistic view of the society, acceptable behaviour and indeed themselves
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