Celebrity Culture

Has The “Celebrity Culture” Come To An End?

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In the era of reality TV, social media, and access to fame like never before. It’s hard to imagine that celebrity culture has seemingly ended. These days, any Joe Schmoe can get famous for a lip-sync rendition on Lip Sync Battle. But in this time of Hollywood scandals, declining movie attendance, and the increasingly accessible nature of fame.

So, Is Celebrity Culture Over?

We think not! Celebrity culture has been around for centuries and it’s not going anywhere. In fact, we expect it will only increase in future years as we push farther into an age where most people have learned how to share their lives with the world. This post explores both sides of the argument about whether or not celebrity culture is still a thing.

Reality TV shows such as Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Real World have done more than just popularize celebrity culture. They’ve made it a genuine, lived-in part of American culture. One audience member on an episode of The Real World once described it as “a reality show about nothing.” But that’s the thing with reality TV: nobody tells you stories anymore (or maybe they do).

For instance

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“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” Key Art — (Photo by: E! Entertainment)

Most people who watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians don’t understand that it is really a show about dealing with fame. And how Kim Kardashian uses her fame to manipulate her family (especially her mother) into helping her get what she wants. It’s also about how she uses her fame to get revenge on people she doesn’t like. And it’s about how famous people are more than just their jobs.

The Kardashian family is famous for being famous, but also for being wealthy and for being beautiful. Kim Kardashian is famous for having been the most Googled person on the internet in 2013 and 2014.

It’s important to remember that before reality TV shows took off, being famous was something that was supposed to happen organically. It was all about good looks and high drama (think actors like Marilyn Monroe). But now actors are paid big bucks to act crazy or have amazing stories (think actors like Brad Pitt). Everyone’s dream is to be famous and to live out your celebrity fantasy, and that’s what drives us.

Is Celebrity Culture A Dying Prospect?

But not all celebrities want to be famous anymore. They can’t be blamed for living boring lives when they can just go online and make a name for themselves instead. For instance, check out the celebrities who have deleted their social media accounts or left their fame behind:

Lady Gaga

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She definitely wasn’t a perfect human being, but still affected hundreds of thousands of young people in some way. It was a lot better having her around than it is now that she’s gone.

And then there is an argument that anyone can be famous these days. It is now the age of social media and influencers. And for “traditional” celebrities to remain relevant, they have to be active on social media. We can take celebrities like Ryan Reynolds for example. Reynolds is not only in movies and interviews, he is also active on most social media platforms and YouTube. He is now on Snapchat too!

Social Media Celebrities and Influencers

We can also take popular celebrities created through social media like Pewdiepie, Charli D’ Amelio, Addison Rae, James Charles, and so many others. They busted the bubble of “traditional” ideas of celebrity culture and broke out to become famous and influential to the masses worldwide.

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And now even NY Times is declaring that “celebrity culture is burning.” They are claiming that the ending of shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” officially marks the end. Now celebrities aren’t just people who acted in movies and TV shows. People become famous for their online personalities as well.

It goes to show how changing times and technology may change the grandeur of something like “being famous”.

Also read: A Full Breakdown on Life of Kim Kardashian West