domenica 1 febbraio 2009

The weird today's jobmarket

[This is a so-called "thinkpiece" requested by a recruiter - I wrote it in 12 min. more or less]

"Is the nation’s interest in celebrity an enjoyable distraction from everyday life or an unhealthy obsession?"

Celebrities are to be admired, followed and cherished by the so-called “ordinary people”. This is what the word “celebrity” means: “well-known”.
Therefore, we might accept as unavoidable the fact that people are interested in stars, be they actors, politicians, or singers. However, how far this interest goes and which aspects of stars’ life it covers, is a very important issue to consider.

I think that the best way to approach the problem of people’s strong interest in celebrity is to assess the effect of it and to work backwards.
First, we need to consider that celebrities are regarded as models of behaviour. This is because a “VIP” is supposed to be happy in life, and all people want from life is usually to achieve happiness.
Therefore, emulating the behaviour of important people is supposed to bring happiness as well. Or, with a more subtle argument, we may state that people who imitate stars just try to identify with them, and therefore “free-ride” on their happiness, taking upon themselves a part of their personality. This perhaps explains why the traits in which people are generally most interested are the traits regarding stars’ private life and not those linked to professional performance. And stars in private life may break rules, misbehave, disregard law and damage their health, especially if they are artists.

Here we reach the core of the issue: the interest in celebrity, which might reasonably higher the lower is actual people’s happiness, may lead to deviant behaviour. In this case only, it becomes an unhealthy activity. We shall therefore conclude that it is duty of regulators and government authorities that the details of private life of “bohemian” celebrities are not disclosed to the public.