Welcome back, stringtrapper. Glad to have in the conversation Yeah - you hit the nail on the head. No dispute there.stringtapper wrote: No, but their ratings and advertising revenue might. Follow the money…
That's a great point to bring up. I think the key to this question (one that really applies to most philosophical/rhetorical discussions) is that we don't berate others or their beliefs/choices. I think there's a difference between criticism and attack. Example - I smoked cigarettes for many years, and many people remarked it was unhealthy and counterproductive, but they did so in a respectful way. But there were a few people (a very few) who would express that opinion in a disrespectful way. One way seems perfectly acceptable to me, indeed, it's an expression of care - while the other is simply abusive behavior. So going back to the idea of celebrity worship being "bad" - I would be careful about language and reductionist thinking. It isn't about parsing something into the dichotomy of being "bad" or "good", so much as it is about finding relationships and correlations. Ultimately, some moral connection could be asserted, but again, the key is maintaining that respectful and non-abusive approach.stringtapper wrote:But I return to my question… is it a bad thing that people engage in celebrity worship?
I think there are many good reasons to think about the celebrity phenomena. Like I said before, I think celebrity-ism and fame are manifestations of social hierarchy and conditioning. If one wants to promote egalitarian values, and a society with an expanded sense of vision, then it's worth talking about. And even if one doesn't care about egalitarian values, then such a conversation falls under the domain of enquiry for edification (aka philosophy). So if you are asking, "Why practice philosophy?" then there million and one reasons. Philosophy is a precursor to scientific thought, and scientific thought led to the creation of the modern world around us - mathematics, physics, the transistor, the digital age, and eventually Ableton Live. But if that's not enough, I would say that rational thought is the basis for being a human, rather than being any other kind of creature. So ultimately, asking questions, a sense of wonder, curiosity, discussion with peers... these are some of the hallmarks of being human, rather than a jellyfish or an amoeba or a zombie on the Walking Deadstringtapper wrote:I don't care about celebrities but I also don't care about people worshipping celebrities. All of it seems like a weird thing to spend time thinking about to me. I don't really see much a of a difference between spending time thinking about celebrities and spending time thinking about the phenomenon of celebrity, which is ultimately what this thread is about.
Well, if it's that unpleasant, then you should avoid it. You have a choice. You have freedom. It's a great luxury! And if you choose to join, and you remain courteous and constructive, then I welcome your contributions! It is a great honor and privilege to connect with other people, and you have an invitation to do so. Cheers.stringtapper wrote: And now here I am talking about the phenomenon of people talking about the phenomenon of celebrity.