Many young people today know more about international pop and movie stars than famous people in the history in their country. Why is this? What can be done to increase young people’s interest in famous people in the history of their country?
Over the past fifty years, with the advent of first television and subsequently new media, there has been an explosion of interest in the lives of celebrities. Icon worship and celebrity adulation are common features of today's young, and many regard this as a negative development, as the young people in question have less interest in important historical figures. This eaaay firstly will explore the reasons of this phenomena and then will provide some suggestions to draw young people's attention to the historical figures in their country.
As already noted, the arrival of mass media, particularly television and cinema, have contributed to the craze of celebrity worship. The lives of celebrities are of interest to many young people for a variety of reasons. Clebrities often represent an idealised form of human existence, with their exuberant wealth and lavish lifestyles acting as an example many people wish to aspire to. This creates a sense among young people that the celebrities in question live lives that are perhaps unrealistic for other people to live up to, but they seek to emulate nonetheless.
As for the measures to shift the interests of the young, campaigns should be launched to enforce the awareness of these historical figure to help young people establish proper values of the world. In that sense, the historical figures of old who perhaps embody traits such as patriotism, virtue and integrity are of less interest to young people than the idea of immediate gratification and wealth embodied by celebrities. It is not so much that historical figures are of no interest, it is more that they do not represent an ideal that appears relevant to the lives of the young. If it is deemed important to ensure young people are interested in historical figures then the only way to achieve this is to go about seeking a wholesale cultural change.
Thus, that would mean ending the cult of money and celebrity worship, and focusing on building a society that cultivates individuals who aspire to more nobler ambitions than simply getting rich and achieving personal success. The promotion of positive examples and valued behaviour of historical figures may help young people set an realistic goal in life rather than limiting their focus on the luxurious lives of international celebrities.