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Dec 2, 2008, 11:47am   #
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Television, newspapers, magazines, and other media pay too much attention to the personal lives of famous people such as public figures and celebrities. Use specific reasons and details to explain your opinion.



As a mass media majoring student, I think that it's true that media is overemphasizing the personal lives of famous people in this modern society. In my point of view, disadvantages of overemphasizing on personal lives of famous people by media outweigh its advantages. My reasons include the following:


It is no doubt that the media provide information about an event that recently occurred somewhere and which is important to the people. The most important of all is that the essence of coverage accurate and not based on gossip. However, journalism is changing. Some reporters are more interested with gossip than news relating to public issues, paying too much attention to the personal lives of famous people.

First of all, gossip involves misleading images for the purpose of boosting newspaper sales or exciting public opinion. The audience may see a lot of photos in the kind of reports, which seems to tell a story. Moreover, it is unfair that the ridiculous coverage may be a vexation for the famous people who are reported.

Furthermore, sensationalism distract the viewers from public or social problems. The media face the challenge that media executives must choose the content, which can attract the audience. Thus, these personal reports of famous people, unimportant information or distorted stories, will not solve problem related with the society. In other words, yellow journalism block the viewers from significant news, such as education, environment and public issues.


Based on the above discussion, I agree with that paying too much attention on personal lives of famous people may be a serious problem.

I agree and disagree. I agree that the stories are not only unsavory, but a bad influence on younger viewers. However, I feel that the media should promote the famous people that actually try to do good. Some instead of showing paris hilton, they should show angelina jolie (or others that are like princess di or mother theresa, may they rest in peace).
Dec 2, 2008, 07:06pm   #
As a mass media majoring student, I think that it's true that media is overemphasizing the personal lives of famous people in this modern society. In my point of view, the disadvantages of overemphasizing on the personal lives of famous people by media outweighs its advantages. My reasons include the following:


It is no doubt that the media provide information about an event that recently occurred somewhere and which is important to the public but the most important point of all is that the essence of coverage accurate and not based on gossip. However, journalism is changing. Some reporters are more interested with gossip than news relating to public issues, paying too much attention to the personal lives of famous people.

Such gossip involves misleading images for the purpose of boosting newspaper sales or exciting public opinion. The audience may see a lot of photos in the kind of reports, which seems to tell a story. Moreover, it is unfair since the ridiculous coverage may be a vexation for the famous people who are the subjects of the reports.

Furthermore, sensationalism distracts the viewers from public or social problems. The media face the challenge that media executives must choose the content, which can attract the audience. Thus, these personal reports of famous people, unimportant information or distorted stories, will not solve problem related with the society. In other words, yellow journalism blocks the viewers from significant news, such as education, environment and public issues.


Based on the above discussion, I agree with the view that paying too much attention on personal lives of famous people may be a serious problem.
As a student majoring in mass media, I think that it is true that modern media is overemphasizing the personal lives of famous people.

The audience may see a lot of photos and reports tell a questionable story. Moreover, it is unfair that the ridiculous coverage may be a vexation for the famous people who are scrutinized.

Furthermore, sensationalism distracts the viewers from public or social problems. The media face the challenge that media executives must choose the content, which can attract the audience.

Thus, these personal reports of famous people, with unimportant information and distorted stories, will not solve society's problems. In other words, yellow journalism blocks the viewers from significant news, such as education, environment and public issues.

Based on the above discussion, I agree with that paying too much attention to the personal lives of famous people may be a serious problem.



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