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March 20, 2007

“Mirror, Mirror On the Web” and “Fame, narcissism and MySpace”

Filed under: Uncategorized — huihuiwu @ 6:28 pm

These two articles “Mirror, Mirror on the Web” and “Fame, Narcissism and MySpace”explain the reasons why people, especially young people are so eager to become famous.

   The self-esteem and individualism based education they received might be the core cause. Young people are raised with the idea that they are always the center and focus of the world, they are special and they can be anything they want to be. So they are yearning for the attention and fame from the public. Another reason is their passion for freedom. With fame in hand, they can do whatever they want to do without restriction. They are free. In addition, people are immersed in a media-controlled world in which they are told that becoming celebrity is not a fantasy.

   To cater to the mass desire for fame, numerous online spaces are designed. Such as MySpace, LiveJournal blog, and YouTube video. They provide a platform for people to seek attention. However, net celebrities feel the fatigue of attention and irritation much faster than the real world celebrities do. “It is a lot easier to burn out quicker and before reaching that mass scale of fame.”   


1 Comment »

  1. A desire for fame may influence some, but I disagree that it is a major factor in the majority of cases. I think something much less menacing is behind the majority of posts–just a desire to connect and share.

    It’s like playing the lottery. You might have a hope in the back of your mind about winning, but you know in reality your chances are slim.

    Comment by shenra — March 27, 2007 @ 1:37 am | Reply

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