Is it good to be famous or should fame be avoided?
There are benefits and costs to both fame and anonymity. . . what do you think?
I've always said I wanted to be rich, but not famous. I am a notorious "behind-the-scenes" kind of person. I have never been interested in the pressures, lack of privacy, media attacks and criticism which fame undoubtedly bring. It takes a specific kind of person to properly handle all that fame brings, and very few do it well.
"You take the fame, I'll take the fortune". Most people who are famous just for being famous usually already have the fortune
Both have their pros and cons. But there is a difference between being famous and being notorious. Ex: Sandra Bullock- famous. Lindsay Lohan- yeah, well, nuff said. Fame is fleeting, it can last a lifetime, or a minute. In this day and age, it's actually pretty easy to become famous. However, staying famous...mmm, not so much. Proverbs 18:16 says, "A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men." Whatever talent one may have, it may make him or her famous, but it's a matter of character that depends on whether one 1) stays famous and 2) uses that fame to better the world.
But, anonymity has its uses as well. There are some great people who have achieved wonderful things behind the scenes, and not sought any fame for it. My grandfather invented the plastic tab that held bread bags closed, but never received a penny for it. There is a certain humility in people who choose to remain behind the scenes. So, in essence, the choice remains. The only way to answer that is to know what kind of personality you have, will you have the wisdom to keep your head about you if you do become famous, or will you be content to know that you made a difference from obscurity?
I think that fame should be avoided. Majority of times the lives of the famous are less than private. They are often being talked about, rumored about. Most of it lies. Still it's not great. However if someone is a strong person and can deal with that sort of thing than maybe that's the sort of life for them. However for me, I know that I'd rather not be famous.
The thing is the definition of fame has changed in our time. It used to be people actually had to do stuff to be recognized but now if you look decent, make a stupid sex tape, or say something ridiculous-you get instant attention. Is is it good? Sometimes, but more often than not you have to pay the price of never being fully anonymous, being ridiculed and scrutinized, and never doing everyday things the same way. Everyone wants financial security and recognition but the cost of being well-known is too great for me to even think about it.
If there's a way to set privacy boundaries that actually work then fame would be awesome. No matter how self confident a person can be having the human race praise you for your talent has to feel wonderful. Unfortunately there's a really ugly bad side that I understand would want to be avoided. Not being able to turn off the fame when you not working or seeking the attention would be extremely frustrating. In many cases we've all seen were someone famous gets stalked or worse. Then dealing with the negative attacks by the very media you used to get where you are. The since of betrayal on a daily basis would start to mess with you.
Personally I'd want to live fame through achievement recognition like awards or being the best at what I do, recognized within my industry but pretty much lessor known by the public at large.
Many intelligent people lose their intelligence, after they become famous.
I think it depends a lot on the person and how she deals with it. I reckon maturity and a strong personality, as well as calm are imperative, so that fame can be a good thing. But if the person doesn't have these qualities, then probably fame can be an issue. This is pretty obvious with the young famous people, a lot of them get really lost in the way.
It can be a huge benefit for some people but your privacy will never be the same as before. If you can shake off the rumors and tabloids you will survive.
It depends on your definition of 'famous'. For instance, there is a huge difference between the fame of pop star Michael Jackson, and civil rights leader Mohandas Gandhi. Both, in turn, and quite justly, are famous, even through death, but both for two totally different things.
We've seen everything on the news and heard from gossip about MJ, from alleged molestation to drugs. He is remembered by his music and the things he did, but many people have opinions about him because of these rumors. His fame was from the pop music industry, along with paparazzi and many other hard critiquing reporters.
Mohandas Gandhi is another story, remembered for greatness, and power against the British for freedom of India. Most everything is positive about this man, and will be remembered with others such as MLK jr, and Malcolm X. his publicity and fame came in decisions to lead his country non violently, this came in the form of news reporters and many people who interviewed him.
To answer your question, and to get to the point. Yes. It is good to be famous. The question in turn, however is, what will you be famous for? Your actions speak louder than words ever could, but even if you're just one voice, maybe never even heard with fame, you can still change the world.
Fame brings with it expectations. A singer is supposed to release another hit record or will become a has been, an actor needs to get involved in a hit movie or will loose their status and so on. There is a need to maintain fame to keep earning. All these leads to pressure to preserve a certain image that conforms to what people expect and so often we can't pretend forever and this leads to breakdowns that plays out in the open due to the lack of privacy.
by Mikeydoes 8 years ago
Sometimes I wish I was famous, but I like my alone time so much I don't think it would be worth it for me.
by suncat 7 years ago
Do you think being famous is a stressful position?
by kat11 8 years ago
What authors in the 21st century will be known in history as being famous like that of Mark Twain?For reference like Edger Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Helen Keller, Kipling are just a few that I could think of.
by elvit 8 years ago
How can I become famous?
by theirishobserver. 9 years ago
As the celebs use the media to promote themselves and their products can they claim privacy when the media search deeper?
by officialvillas 7 years ago
Money or fame? what would you choose? why?
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