Thursday, 24 April 2014


Reading through the papers, and watching the news this morning, I am appalled to be reminded that we live in a culture of celebrity. A culture where people with little or no expertise and experience are the role models for our children, and pontificate on things they know little or nothing at all about.

Our children and young people are growing up aspiring to be people like Russell Brand, Paris Hilton, David Beckham, Katie Price, Pete Doherty, Wayne Rooney, Lindsey Lohan, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian. They believe that academic success is unnecessary because they can make their fortune by winning the lottery or on reality TV programmes rather than through persistence, determination and hard work. They believe that an education is not needed for celebrity status and they believe that they are more likely to achieve financial well being through celebrity rather than by going to university and getting a proper career. It is also disturbing that politicians, pop stars, chefs, footballers and sports stars and anyone in the public eye seem to be regarded by the BBC, the media and the papers as the ones to ask when ever anything requires attention. Bizarre really. Personally I don't know what is going on here. Why do so many people listen to, and want to be like, these clowns? And why do the BBC, the papers and all sort of media outlets conspire with these people who often set such awful standards and have such ridiculous ideas and crazy notions?

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