- Budimir Zdravkovic
- New York, NY
- United States
PhD student in biochemistry/cancer biology,
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The Nature of Charlie Sheen
He seems to be quite the phenomenon. He was one of those celebrities who I never paid much attention to after the movie Hot Shots. But suddenly the media and Internet experienced a Charlie Sheen boom. People are even gladly investing their musical talents to make songs and remixes of his interview. If internet lulz had any credible money value I project these people would lead America out of an economic crisis.
But the question is does the media create these characters we want to see has journalism become a a form of theater and drama that creates artificial stories, Charlie Sheen could be doing this for publicity, he is certainly an actor and he can convince us that he is out of his mind. Another phenomenon is Glen Beck, who simply can't be that crazy, or Paris Hilton who may not be the spoiled superficial brat we all believe her to be but who simply conforms to the expectations of her viewers.
Now these are trivial cases of course, whether Paris Hilton is a brat or not will not cure cancer. The Hilton family has provided humanity with plenty of hotel rooms, without them the worst that could happen is that young people might not lose their virginity on prom night. With Glenn Beck no one takes him seriously anyway.
But could the medias potential to fabricate stories turn out to have more severe consequences, can we know what truly happens when we are fighting a war overseas or engaging in international affairs, did this fabrication of reality play a role in the atrocities in Iraq?