Has America's Obsession With Becoming "Famous" Gone Too Far?

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  1. Beyond-Politics profile image74
    Beyond-Politicsposted 14 years ago

    Given the Balloon Boy debacle, the White House party-crashers, and the 11 or so women who have (conveniently) revealed THEIR extramarital affairs with golfing legend Tiger Woods, has America's obsession with trying to achieve 5 minutes in the limelight (at any price) gone too far?

    1. AEvans profile image73
      AEvansposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I truly think so and how many of those women that claim to have affairs with Tiger Woods are actual copycats? Our society is a mess! smile

      1. manlypoetryman profile image76
        manlypoetrymanposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        I think that is deff the short answer AE..."Our society is a mess"!

    2. Himitsu Shugisha profile image72
      Himitsu Shugishaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      In a word? Yes.

    3. Uninvited Writer profile image82
      Uninvited Writerposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Definitely...way too many reality shows...

      1. Beyond-Politics profile image74
        Beyond-Politicsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        I totally agree....who knew "reality" was so boring and inane?

        1. Pr0metheus profile image59
          Pr0metheusposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          and unrealistic....

    4. rebekahELLE profile image87
      rebekahELLEposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      the media has become god.

      these people know that immediately their name will be world wide. it's very disturbing.

    5. prettydarkhorse profile image54
      prettydarkhorseposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I think the media is too much also, Live people alone specially celebrities, they are becoming too famous,

  2. h.a.borcich profile image60
    h.a.borcichposted 14 years ago

    I sure think so, but I also think it is only a symptom of a much deeper problem. Holly

  3. profile image57
    C.J. Wrightposted 14 years ago

    I think there is an obsession with both becoming famous and hero worship.

  4. profile image0
    pgrundyposted 14 years ago

    The most ironic thing about those White House party crashers is that days later Obama announced escalation of the war in Afghanistan to help keep us safe from terrorists.

    I mean, isn't there a sort of a disconnect there? On the one hand we're spending one million dollars per year per soldier to fight in no man's land halfway around the world, but while we're busy with that, two total yahoos walk right up to the President, the Vice President, and the leader of India with no security clearance whatsoever.

    If terrorists had just thought of taking along a cute blonde and crashing a White House party, Nancy Pelosi would be President right now.

    1. flread45 profile image61
      flread45posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Don't scare me like that pgrundy

  5. flread45 profile image61
    flread45posted 14 years ago

    As long as the news media jumps on these topics and follows them for days,these sort of people are going to eat it up just to make a buck.

  6. profile image0
    pgrundyposted 14 years ago

    I'm just sayin...


  7. Marisa Wright profile image87
    Marisa Wrightposted 14 years ago

    Yes, the obsession with being famous is frightening.  I'm old enough to remember the days when people dreamed of being famous FOR something. 

    For instance, a little girl might dream of being a ballerina, or a novelist, or an Olympic athlete.  Those dreams might have been unrealistic, but at least they meant the little girl had aspirations to do something worthwhile, even if she didn't reach the heights she dreamed of.

    Apparently these days, a majority of little girls just want to be famous, period.  And they're more likely to try to achieve that by stunts, because that's what they see working, than by doing something worthwhile.  Sad.

    1. tantrum profile image60
      tantrumposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Be famous. Period.
      That's the only thing that matters today.
      so it's good to dream about it .

  8. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 14 years ago

    Reality shows really bring it to the forefront.

    My dream was to play the piano - and that is still a reality.

    The media is so over board that they'll do anything for a buck.

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
      Uninvited Writerposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Now the dream is to play piano...but to do it on America's Got Talent and become a star smile

  9. livelonger profile image87
    livelongerposted 14 years ago

    This is nothing new; it's something in our country's DNA and goes back a long time.

    Watch "Chicago" if you think this is a particularly new phenomenon.

    1. earnestshub profile image82
      earnestshubposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      So true, it has been observed from other countries that America is obsessed with fame. smile

      1. livelonger profile image87
        livelongerposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        And, in turn, many other countries are obsessed with America (often when they should be spending more attention on themselves). wink

    2. rebekahELLE profile image87
      rebekahELLEposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      what is different now, is that their 'fame' can be worldwide in a matter of minutes.

  10. Jonathan Janco profile image59
    Jonathan Jancoposted 14 years ago

    I have to say this topic has arrived awfully late. I think there's always been some element of that among humans, but we should've realized as Survivor, The Real World and American Idol type shows reared their ugly heads that the whole thing has gotten completely out of control.

  11. dejajolie profile image60
    dejajolieposted 14 years ago

    def most definitely. People don't even care if what they are 'famous' for is something illegal, immoral, or just down right wrong, Just as long as they are Famous!

  12. Lady_E profile image64
    Lady_Eposted 14 years ago

    It's not just America. It's happening in a lot of Countries.

    Here, a lot of ladies hang out where ever Footballers are, so they can get a "Kiss n Tell" story out of it and sadly it happens. I think the last big story in the UK was Ashley Cole (Chelsea football player) with a girl he met in a bar.

    They tried it with David Beckham (Rebecca Loo) but he was lucky it didn't bring him down.

    This is the world we live in.


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