Volume 17, Issue 22
On this occasion, I’d like to do something a little different. I would like to explore with you a social phenomenon that in one way or another affects virtually each of us, at some point in our lives.
What I have in mind is ‘celebrity status’, more commonly referred to these days simply as ‘celebrity.’ I have not seen it actually defined, but I guess it is to do with a person’s not being publicly recognisable.
Reflect for a moment how hundreds of people died in Australia in the last month, but very few got the attention of Steve Erwin and Peter Brock. Their deaths and funerals were covered by all forms of the media, both here and abroad. Whether they would have wanted this or not is not an issue. The fact that all this attention occurred at all, however, is, at least relevant from my point of view.