Media Games

In my last post, I wrote a little about my understanding of the world of politics. I mentioned the pesky media who records and publicizes every little misstep of famous people. This is true for politicians, singers, actors and other stars who are often in the spotlight. For example, there are entire chains of magazines dedicated to publishing both facts and gossip about celebrities, such as People, Star Magazine, US Magazine, and OK! Magazine.

However, is this type of obsessive watchfulness necessary? Does the public really need to know which celebrity wore which outfit to which glamorous event? Do we need to have updates on everyone’s personal lives reported to us? Do we need to know details and speculations about every little sex scandal?

People have divergent opinions about this type of media interference. In fact, due to the nature of rampant gossip in such magazines specializing in celebrity news, most people consider these sources unreliable. On the contrary, when it comes to politics, there are many of the opinion that even dirty reporting tactics are indeed necessary in order to reveal the truth behind what really goes on.

A memory comes to mind of a discussion about President Bill Clinton that took place in my eight grade Social Studies class. While I was of the opinion that what happened in someone’s personal life was completely separate from his public authority, my teacher said something that caused me to rethink my interpretation. He said that if Clinton was doing something other than a president’s duties in that Oval Office, than he would want to know about it. After all, it takes time away from what our tax money is supposed to be funding – the President should fulfill his job. Still, perhaps Bill managed to do all the above and managed his time efficiently…

In that case, how can one form an opinion about what went on just recently with New York Governor’s Spitzer’s involvement in a prostitution scandal? Are the criminal dealings only limited to Spitzer’s personal values? Or did his transgressions hurt more than just his family and reputation? Of course people are going to look differently at this man of diminished morality. Not only that, but now Hillary’s “shining example” of Spitzer has been totally invalidated. Her public image has dirt on it once again due to the “human” mistakes of certain males.

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