The Science Of Celebrity- An Introspective Look At Showbiz


ce-leb-ri-ty-[suh-leb-ri-tee] Show IPA
–noun, plural -ties for 1.
1. a famous or well-known person.
2. fame; renown.

T.G.I.M. (Thank God Its Monday)
The month as well as the summer season is coming to a close, and I decided to go ahead and start a back to school session of sorts, where we begin to expand on subjects that are of interest and frequently discussed.

In the arena of New Media, I believe that this very subject is at the root of the whole industry, and we should look closely at what the term celebrity represents, as the definition as well as the means to attain the status is shifting at a rapid rate.

The image featured above comes from a Google image search and it happens to be ranked at the 8th spot for a image inquiry regarding the term Celebrity.

It caught my eye, yet I did not recognize the face, so when I read further, it turns out to be a celebrity cyborg which is in fact a human created machine, that can be replicated.

When doing a Google web search of the term, the second and most popular listing is as follows.

Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Celebrity News |
Aug 28, 2009 … Celebrity Gossip and Entertainment News, Covering Celebrity News and Hollywood Rumors. Get All The Latest Gossip at TMZ – Thirty Mile Zone.

The key words that stand out are gossip, news, and Hollywood, which if I was to inquire of most individuals, they would draw some form of a connection between the words.

With as much of an emphasis in the world that there tends to be regarding the concept of celebrity, it seems like there is only an awfully small amount of data regarding what the word means and represents. If people want to be celebrities or are interested in celebrities, then wouldn’t we want to know what makes a celebrity a celebrity?

I know I would, yet its simply because I am operating a publication, and the events which have transpired as a result are quite amazing in regards th the business of show.

The online dictionary states the word fame in the first part of the definition, and fame is simply a case of being popular or known by many. The important part of the equation here is to note by which means an individual is made famous and the purpose of what they are famous for.

For the most part, from what I can tell, most individuals grow up in  society with media outlets such as television, magazines, newspapers, radio, and theater.

One part of the society usually known as the general public observes the special public individuals who’s names and faces appear in those outlets.

If an individual sees this growing up before the Internet age, then their idea of celebrity is that which entails having ones pictures seen and words heard by many.

With the New Media format, there is the same idea of what makes a celebrity, and with some words and pictures along with an outlet, many individuals seek to go outside of the traditional outlets ( mainstream) for a shot at popularity and stardom by seeing how much interest they can generate to an online profile or feature.

My personal take on the whole subject, is primarily in regards to the state of being known as importance. V.I.P. is an abbreviation for
“very important person” and the wise know the status of importance represents a person, place, or thing, that is necessary and useful which gives it or them value. Although images in mainstream media outlets now lead individuals to believe that it is simply a case of having their words heard and images viewed by many, when they mimic the scenario on the Internet, in actuality, there once was a time where the individual being featured had a certain quality of essence that individuals who observed them could actually draw from. I will now take a look at a group of icons that represent the idea.

The images above are of Showbiz Icons Marylin Monroe, The Rat Pack (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. Frank Sinatra), and Sidney Portier.

There are other past greats in addition to these, yet I selected these individuals as examples due to the vast amounts of study that I have conducted in regards to their lives and careers and the impact they had on the world as entertainers.

One quality that unites each of them, is their genuine love for the work that they did, which was to entertain.

en-ter-tain-[en-ter-teyn] Show IPA
Use entertain in a Sentence
–verb (used with object)
1. to hold the attention of pleasantly or agreeably; divert; amuse.
2. to have as a guest; provide food, lodging, etc., for; show hospitality to.
3. to admit into the mind; consider: He never entertained such ideas.
4. to hold in the mind; harbor; cherish: They secretly entertained thoughts of revenge.
5. Archaic. to maintain or keep up.
6. Obsolete. to give admittance or reception to; receive.
–verb (used without object)
7. to exercise hospitali