Our celebrity culture series is coming to an end. In part 1 n2k looked at relationships between the press, the stars and us and in part 2 we saw how a celeb’s appearance can affect how we feel about our own body image.
In the final part, n2k looks at reality shows and internet celebrities – are we all obsessed with being famous?
It’s on its ninth, yes ninth year, but it doesn’t look as it’ll be stopping any time soon. Big Brother UK has become a big part of the UK summer, and auditions are attended by thousands of people up and down the country who are desperate to enter the house.
Why do these people go into the Big Brother house? Is it for the experience of living in an isolated house for three months, or as many housemates have said ‘a holiday’? Perhaps it’s a fast track ticket to fame.
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Most of the Big Brother ex housemates fade back into obscurity after leaving the house. One notable exception is Jade Goody from Big Brother 3 in 2002. She has made a fortune from magazines, fitness videos, her own salon and even an autobiography.
Some UK YouTubers have recently emerged as internet celebs. 20 year old ‘miaarose’ started uploading videos of herself singing in 2006 and has now nabbed a record deal with NextSelection – the same people that manage US r’n’b singer Cassie. Mia is now the eighth most subscribed musician of all time on YouTube.
YouTube gets hundreds of million hits a day and accounts for 10% of all traffic on the internet; so it’s no surprise that some people have used the site as a way to showcase their talents and express their opinions.
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MySpace has also helped some artists break into the industry. Lily Allen and Kate Nash are just a few of the artists that have used the social networking site to promote themselves and their music.
The site is not just restricted to music artists either. Two years ago, 21 year old amateur filmmaker David Lehre made a MySpace parody movie which caught the attention of Hollywood studios. He has gone on to make more spoofs and even a TV show for Fox. Not bad for an 11 minute video!
Do you want to be famous?
Famous people can seem to lead exciting lives; they travel the world, wear nice clothes and drive expensive cars. They also can be quite powerful and influential. Sienna Miller’s new outfit can spawn high street copycats while footie star David Beckham’s hairstyles are known to grab the news headlines.
These things are appealing and can encourage ordinary people to go to any lengths for fame.
Not as they seem
But according to reports, when it comes to the media and celebs, things might sometimes not be what they seem.
Research into why celebs crave the spotlight has shown that some famous people just need to be loved, and in some cases this is what drives them to want fame.
Fame can come at a price. Professor Cary Cooper from the University of Manchester, says “When they’re famous, celebrities begin to wonder if people love them for who they are, or for who they’ve become.”
Do you love celebrities? Do you want to be famous? Let us know in our debate.