Does reality television and the internet promote self exploitation and undeserved fame in youth culture?

Easton, Jessica (2012) Does reality television and the internet promote self exploitation and undeserved fame in youth culture? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The study is concerned with celebrity culture in contemporary society and particularly the celebrities produced from reality television and the internet. The main aims address the ways in which some celebrities have exploited themselves for fame and if these reality TV and internet celebrities are adequate role models in society. As a literature based study, this dissertation provides a brief insight into the history of celebrity status before making a comparison between celebrities in the twentieth century to the twenty first century. The psychology of the fame motive is addressed to reveal exactly why celebrity status is commonly desired. Reality television and the internet are assessed by; studying previous literature on the topics, relating relevant and recent articles, analysing primary sources such as the reality shows themselves and YouTube videos and using examples of particular reality/internet stars whose forms of self-presentation has allowed them to benefit from various endorsements and business ventures. I argue that fame has become easily attainable through the new media forms and that celebrities from reality television promote self-exploitation through their actions. I also point out the potential threat this could cause to the teenagers and children in society that may follow this example, therefore limiting their aspirations, neglecting their academic potential and losing their dignity through self-exploitation. Eight interviews involving male and female teenagers enable this dissertation to conclude that celebrity culture has shifted; it is more diverse than before, as the media has introduced ways in which people can attain fame through their willingness to be exploited. Reality and internet stars have influenced some teenagers who like the idea of becoming rich and famous for insignificant reasons, however not everyone watches reality television and not everyone has the same view. A number of teenagers are still aware of the price of fame and value their privacy and dignity too much to pursue it.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2014 16:46
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32

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