For the past week, the Anna Nicole custody trial has been on the home page of Cnn.com. The media is supposed to be a mirror of what the people want to see. Or, is it a reflection of the values of our society? Or, moreover, is the media a tool to keep us influenced in order to impart control? I do not have the answers to this, but I have an idea—it is a painful mix of each.
Many things are going on in the world today, and in America. Yet, the biggest news resides around Anna Nicole, her baby, and whoever the father is. I feel I answered the later in my previous post. Britney’s new haircut has been able to bully its way through as well. And, what a coincidence, a book is promoted called, Fame Junkies. The book is a portrait of our society’s infatuation with fame. Not sure if we needed a book about it, considering how obvious our obsession is. But, nonetheless, it exists and denotes the broad scope of our attraction to those fancy Hollywood folk.
I learned a little something a few years back about postmodernism. My interest sparked when we began discussing the trouble with reality. Postmodernism proclaims the end of the ‘real’ as we know it. Of course we live in a ‘real’ world, but when speaking to how ‘real’ our world is, we must look at the media, as it is our main source of information. And, if media is in any way edited (which it most definitely is), then how real is what we see on TV, in print, on the Internet, or any other sources beyond our own eyes and intellect. The process of editing results in influenced fact; conclusion, it is not longer fact when it has been dissected.
To bring it all back together, the postmodernism belief would be that Hollywood is not real, hence our obsession is not real. So we are following non-reality, encapsulated by the life and style of this smoke-and-mirrors. To extend that even further, if we are in agreement with the postmodernism belief, we, as members of a society are not real, but only representations of media projections. Strange thought.
Suggestion; interpret what you see and base your own opinion. See how difficult this is. I struggle with it every day.