Whilst we were on holiday, I bought myself a copy of the i newspaper the odd day or two, and one day, I came across a snippet about some woman called Kim Kardashian..... I'm not putting a photo of her on here.
The article explained that this person has over 50 million followers on one of the social media platforms, and went on to put that into context, saying that she has more followers than there are people in Canada. There are plenty of countries in the world with populations only a tenth of the size of her follower party.
What I can't grasp is why people "follow" her and what it is that she has celebrity status for? Well, actually, the link above explains a little of it, and it isn't all that savoury. As far as I can tell, she's got such a following on account of her relationships with other people, and her family background. But not for anything she has done herself - she hasn't raised thousands for charity, run back to back marathons, rowed the Atlantic, found a miracle cure for some terrible disease, served her country in some remarkable way - and that makes me sad.
I'm sad that my daughters and others of their generation are being given a message that people can be swayed into adoring someone like this, and hanging on their every word and fashion choice, just because they happen to know someone or be related to someone else. I'm trying to bring up my daughters to DO things, not just BE people.......do you see the difference? I can't remember who said it, but there is a quote somewhere about an aspiration to be a writer, and someone responded that all the person had to do was simply to Write, and then they would be a writer - but they did have to DO something about it, not sit there and merely express the desire to BE a writer...
I know that there are two sides to every story, so I'd be interested in your take on my thoughts, as usual x
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