This paper seeks to give an analysis on the intense media coverage of famous people and its negative aspects. This has been taking place for many decades and it is not a new phenomenon. Famous people receive a lot of attention from the public. Most times, the media invades their privacy and the consequences are disastrous. Sometimes the media is biased towards them and makes assumptions about them. The media should ensure that it limits the manner, which it treats famous people (Teeter & Loving, 2001).
The media should treat famous people in a fair manner
The success, which celebrities have, affects their privacy in many ways. There are various channels of the media through, which people obtain information regarding celebrities. They include; magazines, television, newspaper, gossip, among others. The media makes it its responsibility to ensure the world is aware about the lives of celebrities. This is done in a merciless way, as the media earns it money from such information. Paparazzi follow the celebrities everywhere they go and this invades the privacy of the people they are stalking. Celebrities are trying to negotiate with the government to have polices, which always ensures the media stays away from them (Teeter & Loving, 2001). They want to have the same respect and privacy, which ordinary people have and enjoy. This is the reason why I believe it is necessary that privacy should be given to celebrities and famous people.
Famous people make it their mission to ensure that people are entertained, through the many interesting things, which they do. Famous people include; musicians, actors, sports women and men, among others. People’s privacy should not be interfered with by the media. Celebrities are also human beings and are hurt when their personal affairs are published, or shown to the public. Their friends and family are also affected by this sort of behavior by the media. In recent news, concerning a famous person, photos of Wang Yi-ren an anchor, were shown by the media to the public. They showed Wang outside her house having a bath. Furthermore, it is usual to see photos of famous people doing their private business, being shown by the media (Jessie, 2011).
As a result of the media being extremely involved in matters concerning famous people, evil things are occurring. In order to get rid of the feelings of uneasiness and intrusion, some of them form dangerous and harmful behaviors. Addiction to alcohol and drugs is common among many famous people (Lemberg, 2004). Some are in rehabilitation centers, while others have lost their lives. Recently a famous singer Amy Winehouse lost her life as result of taking drugs and blame is also being placed on the media. The media is only interested in making sales at the expense of the lives of famous people being destroyed.
In conclusion, famous people should have their privacy maintained .The media should not be excessively concerned with the affairs of famous people. This is because the latter, deserves to live as peaceful as other people. Since people are entertained and made happy by famous people, they should in turn respect them. Being famous does not mean the end of freedom, but instead the beginning of a happy life. The media should focus their attention on matters, which are beneficial, such as how to solve famine in Africa, how to capture terrorists, among others. The media should give them the privacy, which they deserve. Famous people should not suffer as a result of the media invading their privacy.
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