Celebrities In The Eye of the Public

by mgoth01 on January 31, 2017 - 10:39am

            An area where I find it is important to express the fake news behind it is celebrity gossip. Everyday these false news articles come out and it’s all gossip about celebrity’s personal life in which certain people claim they know everything, and without even being certain they do, they publish it for the whole word to see anyways. These individual’s lives are exploited for the entertainment of the general public; often the facts these tabloids claim to have are totally false and ridiculous and only serve to create publicity. This is all done for the financial benefit of magazines and journalists. As a teenager, I know how much people look up to the media with everything they say, and with the false information that is broadcasted all over the world, with so many people following it, it leads us to a false impression of the world. There is so much false information being viewed and shared everywhere, and the issue is that everyone believes it, right away. I know that for me, if false things were being spread all over media about me, my family, my occupation etc. I would be really upset, especially if everyone just believes everything that’s put out there. It is very important to be aware that many things we see and read online are false.

The daily express (UK), posted an article, about a very famous Broadway child star, having false allegations posted about her. She was very upset over this as anyone would be. Even with something like this, it could be that some of what I read is not all the truth. We never really know. This all connects into our day to day life, never knowing whether to believe or to not believe the things we hear about. Similarly, a Quebec child physician committed suicide after disturbing allegations were made against him and were carelessly shared w the public. When someone is under inspection of the public eye, it can be very stressful and exert extensive pressure. Public figures have the pressure of being someone to look up to, a model citizen, might crack under negativity and criticism from an unsympathetic and drama-hungry society. Often, rumours are sparked by people with nothing better to do or with the explicit goal to humiliate an individual. Do not get me wrong, it is great to celebrate and publicize our celebrities, but not to waste our time spreading lies about them and putting them down. 

Comments

First of all, I would like to say that your article makes it easy for the reader to understand. With the use of mostly short sentences, we understand the point you are trying to make easily. Also, you used a vocabulary that is simple and that also helps the reader to really understand what you are trying to express through your article.

But, I think that you should refer to your article directly by mentioning the author and even quoting that person, it would make it easier to distinguish what you are saying and what the author of the article is saying.

Also, instead of only mentioning that The daily express (UK) posted an article about the subject, you should say the name of the article and use more informations that are said in the resource, and put the direct link to the article. I think it would make your article more credible and it would add details to your summary. Also, when you mention a very famous Broadway child star and a Quebec child physician, you should probaby explore the subject in more depth by mentioning their names and explaining their cases more. I think it would be more reliable if the reader knew who they were and if they had more information about them.

You could look at the article 'Celebrity journalism is nonsense' – tabloids duped in fake stories hoax, by Paul Lewis in The Guardian to help you. The journalist mentions many cases of false informations about well-known celebrities that you could talk about in your article.Therefore, people could identify to the subject and it would support what you are saying well. The article is from a reliable source that has been existing for a very long time and that is known for its serious and professional journalists. It also an independent journal, which is good because it is not based on big corporations’ opinions, that are often biased.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/oct/14/tabloid-fake-celebrity-storie...

First of all, I would like to say that your article makes it easy for the reader to understand. With the use of mostly short sentences, we understand the point you are trying to make easily. Also, you used a vocabulary that is simple and that also helps the reader to really understand what you are trying to express through your article.

But, I think that you should refer to your article directly by mentioning the author and even quoting that person, it would make it easier to distinguish what you are saying and what the author of the article is saying.

Also, instead of only mentioning that The daily express (UK) posted an article about the subject, you should say the name of the article and use more informations that are said in the resource, and put the direct link to the article. I think it would make your article more credible and it would add details to your summary. Also, when you mention a very famous Broadway child star and a Quebec child physician, you should probaby explore the subject in more depth by mentioning their names and explaining their cases more. I think it would be more reliable if the reader knew who they were and if they had more information about them.

You could look at the article 'Celebrity journalism is nonsense' – tabloids duped in fake stories hoax, by Paul Lewis in The Guardian to help you. The journalist mentions many cases of false informations about well-known celebrities that you could talk about in your article.Therefore, people could identify to the subject and it would support what you are saying well. The article is from a reliable source that has been existing for a very long time and that is known for its serious and professional journalists. It also an independent journal, which is good because it is not based on big corporations’ opinions, that are often biased.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/oct/14/tabloid-fake-celebrity-storie...

I really enjoyed reading your article as it was very simple and your sentences were easy to read and understandable. Also, this is a subject that can be interesting for many people but we don't hear about it a lot... That is one of the reason why I was interested in reading your article; your title attracted me.
In thing that would've been interesting to add could have been more detail about the cases of the Broadway child star and the Quebec physician... I was interested in knowing more about these cases.
But in all, your article is overall very interesting and simple to read.

I think the twist on the topic of fake news to make it focused on how it affects celebrities and famous figures is very new and rarely talked about. It can definitely be devastating for people to be spreading false information about someone, not only to the individual, but also to their family, friends, and loved ones. This is all the more true when the person in question is being constantly scrutinized by the media, insulted left and right, and bases their entire career off their reputation, such as in the case of the Quebec physician you mentioned, a case which ended badly, unfortunately.

One point which I disagree on, however, is the fact that fake news reports about celebrities are an issue of great importance. For that matter, I believe that any reports on celebrities' private lives are not very significant. An interesting, albeit a little aggressive, piece was written about this on Oprah, which you should definitely check out: http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Is-Celebrity-Gossip-Bad-for-Our-Brains. Of course, die-heart fans are always going to want to know more about their favorite celebrities, and it can be reassuring for them to relate to a famous and successful model. In fact, I think it is good to have some sort of escape from real life, which can be found in knowing about celebrities' daily lives, such as what they did today and what they wore. Nonetheless, I think that any information that runs deeper than that - drug abuse scandals, released sex tapes, family drama, etc. - should be kept private (unless it directly concerns the public, such as sexual assault claims, like the Front Porch Step scandal, which you can learn more abbout here: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/10/arts/music/front-porch-step-is-accuse...). For instance, there was a Buzzfeed article which shows the passport photos of a few celebrities (https://www.buzzfeed.com/kimberleydadds/celebrity-passport-photos?utm_te...). Is this right? Why did we have this information in the first place? And are we really at a moment in time where celebrities' lives are so over analyzed that some journalists are paid to write about some people's private documents?

As you said, famous people's private lives are being exploited for entertainment purposes, and I don't think it is right to entertain ourselves with them, as it contributes to the problem of abusing of their privacy, as well as 'diluting' the news by not prioritizing pressing issues, such as the Middle-Eastern Wars or medical advances. My point is, whether personal information about celebrities is real or not, it should not be publicized at all, and we should all stoop making a big deal out of how Bella Hadid didn't mean to lose her boobs and her butt by working out so much (this was really posted on the Daily Mail, believe it or not: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3914284/Bella-Hadid-admits-...)

I'd like to start by saying that I really enjoyed reading your article and I agree with your opinions and the facts that you have stated. This is also a topic that is actively discussed in our society.

Your article touches clearly on a modern subject about which many of us hear everyday on social networking sites like Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and many more, which effectively caught my interest and attention. In fact, the problem of spreading fake news on celebrities can be approached using utilitarianism, ethical rationalism and virtue ethics.

Firstly, according to utilitarianism, gossip about fake celebrity news is profitable for the celebrity, journals and magazines and the readers since the attention gained by spreading the news makes the celebrity more popular, thus making more people entertained by reading journal or magazine articles on the issue. Therefore, the greatest good is creating for the greatest amount of people.

However, ethical rationalism would say that it is against the rules for the people spreading fake rumours about celebrities to lie, because this is not what a person should do. Also, the journals or websites continuing to propagate the false information that have the duty to inform readers or viewers of accurate facts are going against their responsibility by doing so.

Finally, virtue ethics offers another way to look at the problem: spreading fake gossips about celebrity can be virtuous for journal and other media corporations when their goal is to make more money out of an issue that, fake or real, will gain attention; the virtue here would be that of determination to achieve their goals. The reason why it is the best way to view this problem is because this framework also acknowledges ambiguity: like you said in your post, sometimes the spreading of rumours on celebrities can trigger cases of suicide, but according to virtue ethics, the outcome can not be predicted; the situation is neutral as long as the media did the virtuous action of informing the audience in order to be recognized and a successful company.

To start off, I really enjoyed your article because this is recurring problem that happens in our society. I think it would be interesting if you were to view the ethical issues behind this problem. I think many might approach the issue by saying it follows the ethical frameworks of utilitarianism. Utilitarianism is an approach that focuses on the outcome of the action and not the action itself. It promotes the greatest good for the greatest number. In this case, many people around the world get to be entertained by reading interesting news while there is only one person who gets hurt because the information that people are reading about them is false. Therefore, many people might see it as ethical.

I believe that the ethical framework that needs to be followed in this context is virtue ethics because its promotes dishonesty. The people who write and publicize the false information do it for entertainment and publicity, while being aware of the fact that this will most likely hurt the celebrity. Some may argue that virtue ethics also incorporates the self and that the motive behind their actions was to create happiness for themselves. Therefore, this shows that we can not all agree on the most important virtue.

In my opinion, the morally correct thing to do would be to publicize truthful facts about their lives. This way, they are honest while creating entertainment and publicity.

Your article discusses a very important topic, especially given the prevalence of fake news and gossip on social media. I agree with you that there are significant dangers faced by the subjects of false rumours, and the morality of the journalists and publishers of such articles are certainly questionable. I am particularly interested in your topic, as it beings to mind the ethical frameworks that I’m currently studying in my Media Ethics class.
There are several different ethical perspectives that one can use to approach this situation, but I think virtue ethics is most relevant because of its emphasis on motive. Firstly, it is important to recognize where the responsibility lies with respect to the publication of fake news, and in this case, it is evident that the journalists and publishers are at fault for not verifying their sources. Virtue ethics is an ethical framework that emphasizes the morality of the agent, that is, of the person performing an action. If the agent possesses virtuous qualities and behaves in a virtuous manner, then their actions are accepted as moral. In the case of spreading gossip and false information, not only does it have negative consequences, but agents are also displaying lack of virtues. Specifically, agents are lacking honesty, integrity, wisdom, kindness, social intelligence, empathy, and humility, among other virtues. They are prioritizing monetary gain and publicity instead of exercising these values, and therefore would be acting immorally according to a virtue ethicist.
The emphasis that our society places on a person’s virtues helps explain some of the outrage at the pervasiveness of fake news and celebrity gossip over social media. This phenomenon could certainly be reduced if journalists focused of attaining virtuousness.