Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Celebrity News? I Want To Know!

THE WORLD IS A CRAZY PLACE. President Obama shuttles off to meet with world leaders in London and the media spends crazy amounts of time talking about how Michelle Obama had a wardrobe change ... during the flight!

It's not like the London G-20 Summit was about anything of real significance (they were just trying to resolve the global financial meltdown).

But wait a second. Is it really wrong to blame the media for providing stories about Michelle Obama and her clothes? Aren't the media really just feeding the demand from the public? Don't people want their rumors and gossip about the rich and powerful, the famous and infamous?

On Thursday, we'll delve into the seedy world of celebrity news with Howard Gensler (below), the celebrity gossip columnist for the Daily News. He'll talk about why the media spends so much time and energy on covering the stars.

In the meantime, let me know what you think about the clip above, and celebrity news in general. Is it necessary or does it just make the public more and more stupid?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think it makes the public more stupid just that some peoples interests aren't as focused on major issues. I was focused on the news coverage of the different events that were taking place dealing with the world leaders because it held my intrest. Others focus on the Obamas fashion because its something their interested in. It just shows that our society today is very materialistic and focused on what popular celebrities do.

Matt Petrillo said...

How can you compare the policies that the president of the United States is making to the clothes?
Of course, clothing is important in that the president should look professional, but Obama's clothes is newsworthy.

Antonio Boone said...

I wasn't trying to compare anything. I gave examples of what was in the blog. I don't believe that any of the Obama's fashion information is newsworthy enough to be covered as a major story on Fox News or CNN. But that doesn't stop a large portion of the public from being interested by it. I believe information like that would do better on entertainment shows or the style network where that type of news is expected. I said people have different interests, some people only care about the fashion and others are only focused on the policies and vice versa.

Mike Revak said...

Mrs. Obama is making some savvy fashion choices...does anyone actually care about this???

Sam Kelly said...
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Sam Kelly said...

Negative. I agree with earlier comments. I find none of this fashion buzz news worthy. How come fashion is of interest to the public. Is fashion comparable to the financial crisis that we are in?

Patty Giron said...

I am caught between loving fashion and material things.. and completely hating all of that.. so no I don't think it makes us look stupid.. but I do think it makes us look shallow and less focused on what is really going on.. or maybe were just all so fucking upset about our economy its something else to focus on..

Stephanie Klock said...

I don't feel as though discussing fashion is studid, but it is correct to say there were other more important things going on at the time.

However, a wardrobe does tell a lot about a person and I think many are trying to feel the first lady out and make assumptions and judgement based on her style choices.

Fashion does make a statement.

Emily Hunter said...

I feel it's really all about where you read this stuff. When I see articles in Glamour about Obama's fashion choices, I have no problem. However, when it's on television as news, that's where it gets excessive. Fashion is NOT regular news, there are plenty of other things to report about.

Brittney Corridean said...

I don't think that is very important that she changed, but then again you can't blame the media because we the people on the majority do like the gossip. I think the issue, yeah if you really wanted to address it could be addressed but to spend two and a half minutes on it is dumb.

Joe DePhillipo said...

They are feeding the public what they want to hear but the public wants to hear things like that because of the media. The whole idea of framing applies here. If the media always reported events like the G-20 instead of clothing than maybe more people would change their minds on what they want to see.