posted on Dec, 6 2007 @ 06:01 AM
The title of a bad eighties pop song?
or the spread of an insidious infection which has slowly taken over society since pop culture and Andy Warhols famous "15 minutes of Fame" in the
The tragedy which occurred in Omaha threw up this disturbing aspect of modern culture - he did it because he wanted to be famous.....
This desire for fame without having worked for it or displaying any talent is a cancer which festers at the heart of modern society.
The cult of celebrity, where people are famous just for being famous.
A lifestyle of nightclubs, glamour and a picture in the paper.
Riches, fame, TV interviews, rubbing shoulders with the stars.
All without having worked for it and without displaying anything that sets them apart - except from a promoters vision as to what constitutes the
Of course some people have always courted the limelight - actors and musicians are examples of this, but they have to have talent or they quickly fall
by the wayside.
I'm talking about the Jade Goody's and Paris Hiltons of the world - talentless nobody's who infest society, who are desparate to be in the
spotlight in order to validate themselves.
So who is to blame for this?
Well, I put the blame squarely at the door of the media.
Let's take a look at a good example, that of the Big Brother (BB) show.
BB started as a social experiment, run by the Dutch TV company Endemol. It wanted to show the social aspects of a group of different characters locked
together in a house, whose lives would be controlled by the unseen Big Brother.
Rewards, punishments, games and interaction dynamics could be watched by the public, with housemates being voted out of the house after being
nominated by fellow housemates.
As the show was picked up across the world, we saw fairly normal people on it at first.
Now we have a show where dysfunctional people are paraded for the public and encouraged to make fools of themselves in return for a fleeting glimpse
of the celebrity lifestyle when they were evicted from the show or went on to the final.
The reason for this?
The media created the myth of riches and fame for contestants if only they could catch the public imagination, only to delight in crushing them at a
moment of their choosing.
The trend of fame for fames sake is not only down to BB though. BB is just a symtom of this sickness in western culture.
Unrealistic expectations of what the world is really like are also to blame, with school leavers totally unprepared for the world outside.
We now have a culture in the UK where it is unacceptable to tell a child they are wrong, where academic streaming and competetive sports are seen as
elitist and excluding those who can't compete, and so are removed from the curriculum or discouraged in case a child who cannot compete in a
particular arena feels excluded.
Todays buzzword is inclusion - no matter that it gives a child unrealistic expectations.
A tragedy occurred yesterday, and media manipulation and modern society are to blame.