GIVING STARS AWAY: WHY THE WALK OF FAME IS NOT AS MONUMENTAL AS IT ONCE WERE

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“Their value is just not the same.”


the walk of fame

So many people in American society have always wanted to visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But for the performers that have been immortalized on the walk, it’s something much bigger. Anyone in the arts know that having your name enshrined in the ground in Los Angeles is a big deal. But over the recent years, the value of that has diminished.

far from reality

No one would have thought that someone like one, if not all the Kardashians would be considered for a star. Or better yet, Perez Hilton, known for being a celebrity blogger. Because when you think of having a star, you think of all the contributions that the entertainer has made to the industry. Yet, you hear these names brought up in conversations.

But not just the reality personalities, also people who are entertainers, yet they have not been in the business that long. I saw where Jennifer Lawrence name is being considered. She has been in some pretty phenomenal films in the recent years, but I still think it’s too soon. I want to see over the next ten to fifteen years what she has to offer.

butterflies

Still, there is this great feeling when walking across your favorite performer, or probably given one yourself. Because now, for the rest of your life, and even after, your name is there in concrete. People like Marilyn Monroe is still a major draw for people around the globe. As for myself do I care if I ever were to get one, no really, but I would be lying if I said I would turn it down.


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DYING FOR FAME: WHY DO PEOPLE WANT TO BE IN THE PUBLIC EYE SO BAD

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“Why we want it so bad.”


fame 

You work your craft for years and years, then you get that big break. And from that big break comes this level of celebrity. Once you’re in, there is no stopping you, you want more of what you have been working for all these years. But when there is ever a time that fame starts to elude that person, they get nervous; why.

Why do so many talented people who could still get work become nervous when they are not talked about anymore. You would think that the idea is to continue working. But being at the top is what they love, it’s why they worked so hard. To be at the top of their game. But today’s topic is actually not about famous people fighting to stay famous. More so society’s need to be known.

civilian notoriety

Now, previously I discussed the celebrity aspect of holding on to fame. But what about people in society who are chasing fame. They want to be so known that they are willing to create reality shows. Even if means that the show could be the catalyst for the family dynamics to break down. And interestingly enough there has been a breakdown in every reality show.

Yet, people still chase the fame. And we want to know, where does this stem from; is it mental or emotional? The need to be known everywhere you go, what is it?

lonesome roads

When you’re running this life race, you are doing so alone. Even when people are in your corner you don’t exactly have people present. So for the ones who can’t cope, they look for validation through other people. Wanting to be seen and known means a lot to them. It’s why Instagram is so addictive because of the likes and follow reward.

You post a photo, and then you see the likes rack up. It’s what keeps the internal all together. And unless you’re doing this as a means to generate an income or build a business then it can be seen as troublesome.

privacy is important

As much as people want fame, they want to left alone. They want to keep to themselves, but they also want the attention. So is it because they are getting enough from friends, family, monogamous relationships, etc.? Because unless you are working in a capacity where you just so happen gain notoriety for what you do, why else would you want fame?

See, most want to me known for something. It doesn’t have to translate into being famous. We just want to be recognized for something that we do, and do well. Which also goes back to how people seek the attention that they are receiving in their daily lives.


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FAME: WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE DESPERATE FOR IT

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“We all want the good, yet reject the bad.”


FAME

So many people in America today are desperate for fame. So desperate they are willing to go to extreme lengths, even if it’s at the cost of them losing themselves in the process. And what is it all about; is it worth it? And for so many, it’s not because we love our privacy. But for others it’s the cost of doing what you do.

Now, that does not mean that all famous people are these fame, attention seeking individuals. I am referring to the people who throw their children out there for the sake of a check. Or the reality families that always lead to a family breakdown somehow.

requirements

It times past you had to have some sort of talent to be considered famous. You couldn’t just throw yourself out there and expect people to just bite. You to have something that made you attractive for people to buy into; or they weren’t having it. Now, anyone with an Instagram following is a famous person. No true talent is required to have a high level of notoriety.

psychological ramifications

You think to yourself, who in the world would want to be famous. And when I say that, you have a lot of people who are good at what they do. And they become very well-known as a result. Meaning, I don’t think Mark Zuckerberg was seeking fame, but he is a famous person. I don’t think Michael Jordan was seeking fame, but he is famous.

People who seek out fame in life, the people who always need to show the world their lifestyle have something else going on mentally. Because the constant validation from the outside world, when it’s supposed to come from the inside out says a lot. It’s not good to be alive, everyone has to know every second of the day, what you have and where you live.

downfall

Will it ultimately be the downfall of society; the answer is no. Because the vast majority of people are not seeking fame in their lives. They just want to go to work and come home safely. But for the attention seekers, they continue to trek on as well.


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THE NO-BODIES THAT GET IN: HOW UNTALENTED ARTIST WINNING SHOULDN’T DISCOURAGE YOU

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“Put the work in.”


the ones that get in

In America, we have always had these viral sensations that come into the spotlight. No matter if it’s a musician, or some other talent. They come into the hearts and minds of people, but then they leave. Just as much as they make so many laugh and listen, you have a demographic that gets upset. And the upset is in how they managed to slip into the public eye.

When you awake, working on your craft, and they just make some video and next thing you know, they’re everywhere. They are on major TV shows conducting interviews and pop up at major award ceremonies. They’re treated like they’ve done these massive projects. But after a while, they fall off the face of planet as if they never existed.

why we like them

America is a place where we like the rags to riches story. It makes the average feel like there is still hope. So when these one hits come in from nowhere, we cheer them on. They have no backing, no one to show them the ropes. The connections to the entertainment industry don’t exist, and they do it themselves.

So when they hit, it becomes this Cinderella story. But eventually we see they don’t have talent, and they’re just like the rest of us. But for just a moment, it is a temporary escape from day to day realities.

short lived fame

As for a reality check, these one hitters don’t last. We always ask ourselves why are they getting all these opportunities. Then we see the rapid fall and that’s because they don’t have the talent to sustain. They might have gotten lucky with a song or video on the internet. But sustaining means bringing that again and again. And that is when they’re exposed, and we ultimately walk away from them.


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REALITY FICTION: HOW REALITY TELEVISION IS RUINING ENTERTAINMENT

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“I can do what they do.”


We are constantly being introduced to some new reality television show. No matter if the show revolves around married couples to game shows with cash prizes. They are spread throughout every aspect of mass media. We patronize them on a daily; regular people in regular situations, with usually some end goal. And that is the just of why we are supposed to watch them. But over time, a lot of that has changed. And now you’re seeing people watch some of these shows as a means to observe conflict. But if your life going great, why would you be interested in consistent conflict. Oh, and trust and believe, a lot of these people’s lives are far from this interesting. But music, mixed with cutaways and fades on top of the action, you feel like you’re in the room with the people. The only problem is, do they possess talent.

Because we have always had some form of reality television. People today say they are sick of reality television, but game shows are a form of reality television. And who does not like a round of Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and The Price Is Right. Image result for keeping up with the kardashians castBut we don’t view them as reality television because we are not supposed to be under the illusion that they are entertaining us. But when people say they are sick of reality television, they mean the sitcom shows based around friends and families. The shows like: The Real Housewives, Basketball Wives, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and Honey Boo Boo. Yet no one is forcing you to watch any of these shows. I myself am not a fan of any of these shows, so I just don’t watch them. But there is a segment of the population who watch just to be upset.

I’m not part of that segment, but I do agree that reality T.V. is hurting entertainment. Because now anybody whose anybody says, “Oh they have a show, I know I can be on television.” And the underlying problem with this, is that when entertainment was seen as this beautiful untouchable industry, we loved it. I thought you had to get on a spaceship and fly to some faraway world to be in the entertainment industry. But since the entertainment industry entertain these non-celebrity famous faces, the lure is gone. If all it takes now is to put your family on T.V. with some controversy to make money, people feel they can make it. The underlying problem with that is with each of these shows a family is broken apart. Why, well because you never put your life on a public display like television or the internet for mass consumption.

It’s because things that go on inside your homes, behind closed doors are what keep families together. The moment society can see your relationships, your life is open to public scrutiny. And since there is a constant barrage of attacks, for which you are not ready for, you crumble to the pressure. Image result for housewives of orange countyAnd funny I used the words, “ready for.” Because famous actors, directors, musicians, and even athletes have a planning process. They planned this career and are prepared for what comes with it. Reality personalities are not ready to deal with everyone in their business. They see dollars and also fame like fame is this easy road. Average people look at fame as a cake walk until photographers start publicly putting out images of you in bathing suit questioning your physic. That’s when the whole entire house comes crashing down on them. Yet still, I don’t see reality T.V. slowing down.

In the end, you look at a situation like the Kardashians-Jenners, who people thought would be a fly by night family. Now, they are running businesses that are valued collectively at $1 billion. Still, no matter how you view them, these shows are not only here to stay, but changing what is entertainment. Which in return begins to devalue the work of so many accomplished artists in the entertainment business who have put in years of work.


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THE K AND J EFFECT: WHY THE KARDASHIAN-JENNERS ARE SO APPEALING TO THE MASSES

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“They’re young, rich, beautiful, and influencers.”


For the past ten years, we have been inundated with the presence of the Kardashian-Jenner family. From the reality series of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, to their numerous business ventures. This family has grown into a nearly $1 billion brand that stretches all around the world. We were first introduced to the surname Kardashian from the O.J. Simpson trial. Robert Kardashian, the girls father, was an accomplished attorney who served as one of the counsels for former NFL runningback O.J. Simpson during his trial. He passed away back in 2003, while the name is still being held strong by his daughters. And as an addition came the Jenner family when the mother remarried former Olympian Bruce Jenner (Katelyn). Two of the Jenners would go on to edge out their own identities in society: Kendall and Kylie.

Why has the influence of the sisters grown in size the way it has grown. Ten years ago, when their reality show first aired America, must less the world, didn’t even know of the sisters. As socialites in their hometown of Calabasas (Los Angeles), CA, they were known among a small group of friends. Once the reality show took off, we were first introduced to the second oldest sister, Kim Kardashian. Soon after we began to get to know the two other sisters Kourtney, the oldest, and Khloe, the youngest. Even their brother Robert was brought into the mix. And the influence of the sisters began to spread. We only knew them as reality personalities, not business women. That is until they introduced us to their store in Los Angeles D.A.S.H.

And slowly, but surely, the two Jenner sisters began to emerge as well. We knew them as the rambunctious pre-teens from the reality show. But eventually, Kendall would be introduced into the modeling world via her mother and sisters. Not long after her introduction into modeling came her younger sister Kylie. Now with all the girls more focused on their own business ventures and less with the reality series, my question still remains. How did they manage to garner so much attention? And why do so many young girls and boys flock to them? That’s right girls and boys. And here is one of my theories as far as exposure is concerned.

When we look at the Kardashian-Jenners, they were supposed to be like anyone else who popped on the scene the way they appeared. They were supposed to get their 15 minutes of fame, and vanish like everyone else; yet they didn’t. So, why have they managed to garner attention and stick around so long? Here is a theory of mine, the introduction of social media. Getting involved in social media with an early start before so many other people joined. Their series became popular not that long after airing on television in 2007. But guess what else took off around that time as well Twitter (founded 2006), Instagram (founded 2010), Facebook increased popularity (founded 2004), and YouTube (founded 2005) increased popularity. Also, the launch of major networks such as the one their show is on E!, introduced between the years 2002 – 2009. They became popular right when social media and reality television was taking off. Fact of the matter is, they got in early.

That is a strong reason as to how they became so popular. Then what about the popularity with so many young people. Well, young people are what young people have always been. The age group of 18 – 35 is such a wide demographic, yet this group makes up the validation and association group. From the highly publicized relationships of the sisters, to their signature look. So many young girls and young women want to be associated with the K & J (Kardashian and Jenner) name.  But the boys love them because one, the girls love them. And another reason is the other one, status. Men need to be validated just as women do. So, to men, we look and go young, beautiful, their own wealth, liberated, and famous. Dating a “K” or a “J” would be the equivalent of winning the lotto and moving from your one bedroom apartment into a 10,000 sq. foot manor. The underlying theory is that if you date one of them, or a woman that resembles them, you have arrived.

See, in the end, the Kardashian-Jenners have tapped into something in America. And that something lies in the very fabric of our nation. That something is capitalism, validation, and fame. All three things the sisters have, all three things society holds up as a standard for what you should want, even if you never attain it. I don’t see them going away anytime soon. Because that 15 minutes, is pushing 15 years. And still, with business opportunities endless, fame and being a socialite is crumbs compared to if they really position themselves well. They are in the app world, and we all know how lucrative the tech industry can be. Whether you like them or not, they are no longer socialites, but the society standard.


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