The western world’s bastardisation of fame.

Fame, in the past, was granted to an individual that had done something significant. In recent times, however, we have allowed fame to be granted to the most unworthy of people. The word now stands for greed and opulence; something first world countries seem to actively promote.

The dictionary definition of fame is as follow:

“The condition of being known or talked about by many people, esp. on account of notable achievements.”

The average teenager believes that Kim Kardashian or Peter Andre to be ‘famous’, and in a sense, I suppose they are correct. I think it would be interesting to ask someone who holds Kardashian or Andre in such regard why they actually think they are famous. The answer could only be one of two things, an unfortunate fallacy or downright stupidity.

Genuine Kim Karashian quote. Pretty deep stuff.

The reason this bothers me so much is that people doing groundbreaking things are not receiving any credit from the public. For example, how many people know the head of Google Inc.?, Doesn’t Google serve millions of people on a daily basis?, Google have made so many innovations that have benefited hundreds of millions of people, and yet most of us don’t know a single employees name. Am I wrong in thinking that is unfair?

In my opinion, the United States media is almost completely responsible for the debasing of the word. The ‘famous’ people in the United States are, in the majority, airheads. Nothing more, nothing less. They are walking advertisements for corporations who seek to bombard you at every turn. Don’t get me wrong, I think some people’s fame is warranted and deserved, Leonardo DiCaprio, for example, is a damn fine actor and funnily enough I don’t remember him starting his career in a sex tape.

It’s not just unfair that these people are famous, it’s also dangerous. Famous people have forever been held as role models by children, my idol when growing up was Yukio Mishima, a superb Japanese author who came from a samurai family. He was disturbed by the influence the capitalist west was having on Japan as he craved an honorable death by the sword as his forefathers had received. He then attempted to stage a coup in Japan and failed, he then immediately had a friend cut off his head and committed HariKari. You probably think I was a pretty messed up child to idolise someone like Yukio Mishima, I really hope you can see why he’s is admirable, though. The man had morals and firm beliefs and was prepared to die for them. I grew up reading Mishima’s novels embedded with anti-capitalist views and I came to agree with one of his major points. That being that Capitalism suppresses the worthy and hides them away from the public eye and throws the starving crowd a counterfeit carefully shaped by corporations and advertisers.

YUKIO

Mishima, attempting a coup on the day of his death.

Is it really a good idea to allow our children and ourselves to idolise empty and reckless fools?, children are being exposed to sex at an incredibly early age, they are admiring people like Kim Kardashian and will, in time, attempt to emulate her, or whoever else they may admire.

It seems the only way a worthy person can gain fame in the modern world is to revolt against it. Edward Snowden being a prime example. A year ago Edward Snowden was nobody, today he is a household name. Snowden’s dissidence took tremendous courage, he literally forfeited his life so you, the public, could be aware of the shady goings-on in the United States government. It’s no surprise he’s being considered for the Nobel peace price.

I know this post is slightly opinionated but I felt I needed to get this off my chest.

Thanks for reading and please comment with your thoughts if you have any.

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7 thoughts on “The western world’s bastardisation of fame.

  1. If I had to choose I think I’d rather live in a society where people idolise Kim Kardashian than Yukio Mishima.

    I can always just ignore the news about Kim Kardashian. If I lived in a society where loonies like Mishima kept attempting coups one of them is going to succeed one day, and I won’t be able to ignore that.

    If you really hate capitalism so much, there are loads of fascist states you can move to around the world. In some of them you can even complain about how much you despise pop culture on WordPress. I’d avoid mentioning politics if I were you though, for fairly obvious reasons.

    • I didn’t say I buy into Mishima’s beliefs entirely, I said that I agreed with one of his major points.

      Yukio Mishima was a traditionalist, not the evil fascist you are imagining. He just wanted things to stay the same.

      That aside, you’re missing the major point. Mishima attempted a coup so he have an honorable death, he didn’t use any military force, he simply gave a speech on a balcony.

      • > He just wanted things to stay the same.

        He wanted to ‘restore the power of the Emperor’. Also as you point out he was very anti Capitalist. So when you say ‘he wanted things to stay the same’, you mean ‘the same was they were in the 1930’s’.

        > That aside, you’re missing the major point. Mishima attempted a coup so he have an honorable death, he didn’t use any military force, he simply gave a speech on a balcony.

        Well if that’s true isn’t that an example of being famous for being famous rather than for actually doing something.

        He seems completely odious to me. And, unlike Ms Kardashian, far from harmless.

        If you look at the rise of militarism in Japan it was people like Mishima who brought down the Taisho democracy.

        You’re being disingenuous in the extreme if you deny this.

      • Of course you’re going to take that stance, you’ve probably been indoctrinated by the US education system. History is determined by the victors, and the US paint every enemy in the worst way possible.

        How is Kim Kardashian harmless?, she is literally making people stupider, as well as setting a terrible example for childten. “Having sex with a rapper and taping it will make you famous, kids. also, if you aren’t my weight and don’t look like me you are ugly.”

        You don’t seem to know much about Yukio Mishima. Do your research and you’ll see you’re mistaken.

      • Also, Mishima was an acclaimed author. Hardly famous for being famous.

  2. Glary Utilities

    Don’t blame capitalism for this sham. Don’t make the classic mistake of oversimplification. This is the result of something going on in the world that is far too complex and sinister to neatly be chalked up in the “casualties of capitalism” column and written off. No , this problem is about the consolidation of power in the very highest places , and the manipulation of that power to distract and conform the next generation of non thinkers. People who now wield true power in the world do not want the masses of the public thinking about politics, history, or world events. That is not in their best interests at all. They want a generation of people focusing on video games, merchandise, movies, and pablum. Dan Rather, was ejected from the system for revealing truth about it. Before WW2 there were something like 137 news sources and information companies in this country. Now there are 5. That’s five companies that control television, cable, syndicated radio, magazines, movies, and media are just a small part of what these mega multi nationals do. So the same corporations that manufacture the guns and the bombs are also the ones who focus the public attention away from the real goings on in the world. Americans are isolated and clueless.

    • I agree with you, I thought I made that point in the post.By keeping the important things/people hidden governments can go wild whilst celebrities distract and indoctrinate them. I didn’t say the US was totally to blame, I said the US media is responsible for the majority of it.

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