Essay - America's Obsession with Notoriety: Superficial and Futile in America, Fame...

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America's Obsession with Notoriety: Superficial and Futile

In America, fame and celebrity have become ends to and of themselves, *****ten at great cost ***** those who seek fame. Elizabeth Searle's "Celebrities in Disgrace" and the 1999 movie Ed TV help to demonstrate the high costs of fame and *****. Ultimately, America's obsession with notoriety reveals the superficiality ***** spiritual and moral bankruptcy ***** a n*****tion that seemingly values fame more than accomplishment.

In the past decades in modern America, even as little as ten years ago, fame seemed to mostly be a byproduct of cert*****in occupations ***** situations. Fame of***** used to be a simple byproduct of doing something else, *****nd people were most often thrust in***** fame as a consequence of o*****r *****ctions. ***** was limited largely to actors or actresses, persons who had committed a horrible crime, or political ***** sports figures.

In recent years, America has seen an unprecedented explosion ***** people in the public consciousness, and fame has ***** a go*****l in ***** of itself. Certainly, the glut of reality television has made instant celebrities of a wide number ***** people who have no special talents or abilities. These celebrities are simply everyday people ***** are ***** into notoriety.

This democratization of fame ***** come at a ***** cost. Today, fame and celebrity ***** goals ***** their very own. People strive to be on these ***** television shows, and children like Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold seem ***** have relished the idea of fame th***** would follow their horrific school massacre in Columbine. Perhaps those seeking fame feel that it will imbibe ***** sad lives with meaning. After all, in America, fame is coveted and sought after. America has long believed that successful ***** are somehow happier and better than the rest of us. As such, it is not such a stretch to believe ***** those who have achieved celebrity live in a much different and happier world than the rest of us.

*****, the 1999 film Ed TV tells us that celebrity does not necessarily br*****g either happiness or solve one's problems. IN the movie, Matthew McConaughey plays Ed, a 31-year old video st*****e clerk who ***** asked to become the subject ***** a reality-based television show. The cameras will follow his life, day ***** night, and ***** eagerly agrees ***** become the star of ***** show. He quickly becomes enamored of the fame ***** celebrity, but it ********** wears thin as he begins to understand ***** ultimate cost of fame ***** his personal life. Ironically, the fame ***** Ed surmised ***** bring him happiness ultimately almost *****s him his girl, and turns his ***** inside out.

The stories told by Elizabeth Searle in "Celebrities in Disgrace" also warn of ***** high cost of notoriety. The novella's many short stories all deal with characters who are motivated ***** imaginary characters in a variety of ***** and twisted ways. ***** stories all focus on the seedy underside of the sad and desperate lives of ***** who


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