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Starsuckers – The celebrity obsessed media (video)

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Starsuckers - The celebrity obsessed media (video)

Starsuckers - The celebrity obsessed media (video)

This great documentary on the media and the cult of celebrity was submitted by Sarah Connor (thanks!). It does a great job at highlighting the absurdity of it all.

Starsuckers is a feature documentary about the celebrity obsessed media, that uncovers the real reasons behind our addiction to fame and blows the lid on the corporations and individuals who profit from it.

Made completely independently over 2 years in secret, the film journeys through the dark underbelly of the modern media. Using a combination of never before seen footage, undercover reporting, stunts and animation, the film reveals the toxic effect the media is having on us all and especially our children.

Chris Atkins presents Starsuckers as a series of five lessons on fame in the modern world: how children are persuaded that fame is something they want, how television and the media reinforces the importance of celebrity and the efforts to attain it, how the mind and body reinforces our need to follow the activities of well-known people and strive to join their number, how the press became addicted to celebrity coverage, and how the art of promoting fame has led to celebrities and their handlers controlling the press instead of the press having say.

Along the way, Atkins demonstrates how celebrity news with no basis in fact gets into print, why newspapers will run press releases almost verbatim, how parents will eagerly sign away the image rights to their kids, how certain mass scale charity events end up helping the performers far more than the causes they designed to support, and how publicists keep accurate but unflattering stories out of the news.



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Diesel

the video is well put together but there's no real knowledge that the average person doesnt already know to justify the 2 hours it takes to watch it.

ill save you the 2 hours:

we are obsessed with celebrities, and half of celebrity news is fabricated for PR.

PERDITIONcomic

VC! Prying open the eyes of the sleepy "n_n" sleeeepy…zzzzzzzzzzzzz and not so sleepy.

Jabari

This is exactly what I needed to see. Growing up as I kid I had always wanted to be famous; famous doctor, famous inventor, famous stunt man whatever it was I just wanted to be famous. Now as I've gotten older going into my twenties I stopped wanting to be famous as I watched all the hounding and negative press celebrities got and the pressure of fame. Now Thanks to your documentary I know that its all a game and their apart of it and the only one who loses is us, the consumers.

omnipresence

Humanity is f*ed. That is why the best thing you can do right now to fight is to turn off your t.v. Next, you probably should protest your t.v. stations and tell them to tell the truth, instead of spewing properganda, fear and lies. Forget the politicians.. If you can control media and information, you control the world.

Tenoch

wow I am naturally appalled by such t.v. programming and material, When growing up I always condemned such shows and celebrities .. but now that i start to think a lot of the people addicted to these show do have narcissistic personalities .. just imagine these range in the millions across the world… so my question would be how can we stop or severely cripple this process from over taking our countries and the world ? Any suggestions?

Magda

In my opinion, the most important thing to remember about celebrities is that they are normal people, despite how beautiful or talented some of them may be. You would be suprised at the number of celebrities who have been coached/trained, had plastic surgery, extensions, tans or skin bleaching etc etc and are photographed in the right clothes with the right people at the right angle in the right light by the right camera. The most crucial qualities a person can have are respect and belief in themselves. If you have these two qualities and stay true to them, you will never be swallowed up either by envy or materialism nor by a group or company that will tire of you when you get too old or your looks don't entertain them any more. I have never understood why anyone wants to BE famous, because I see so many more negatives than positives. Nurture a talent and support yourself with people who care, NOT leaches and vultures and remember the media is an illusion which can be enjoyed, but don't believe it and don't let it dictate to you. Very sinister nonetheless. Never fails to shock me what people will do… Read more »

Magda

Really interesting video.

It basically highlights what we already know: the media is a powerful and influencial tool and mixed up within that is a chaotic combination of truth and lies. Who can even tell anymore? It doesn't matter whether its a story about a celebrity or our politicians. There is NO such thing as truth anymore. Just different angles, spins, opinions, eye witnesses etc. I have always wanted to be a journalist but I am worried about the reality of the industry. I have always wanted to be a writer of truth.

JD

I am completely flabbergasted at the ignorance and subhuman qualities of the peasants presented here. . . A Reality TV school? ARE YOU FRIQUEN KIDDING ME?

And that moronic woman calling it a culture ?

Wow! Things are worst than I thought. Once mediocrities such as those are enshrined, the collapse of a society is not too far behind.

Yomael

Man, you need to muzzle it or at least get rabies shots!

Railey

Awesome!

NoNeed

Just don't watch TV – it'll kill them.

Sophia

Great find Sarah, keep up the good work.

So who exactly is this Donald Trump guy and where did he come from?

Oh ya, he just had a reality tv show… called "The Apprentice."

Who exactly do you think the term 'apprentice' refers to here? You thought it referred to the contestants who competed for a job? If you don't get it, the media played a huge on you.

No, the term 'apprentice' is a reference to Trump, himself. His reality tv show was his "apprenticeship' for the ultimate reality tv show – the American politics show. He has now graduated from his apprenticeship and become a contestant.

What was the last trick described in this doc? Taking power.

ronny

This is really sick. I had to fast forward some parts because I just couldn't take it.

Jammer

so i made a comment on my facebook about how stupid the royal wedding debacle is…one of my former coworkers writes this (and I quote here):

"They are our future King and Queen – our rulers. Also harkens back to the ideology of chivalry, romance, integrity. We are looking for/at hope. A Hope that dreams can come true. EVERY single girl among my two daughter's friends and classmates wants to be – or did (7 & 3 yrs old)- a princess. My house is full of Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora etc. To watch the wedding is to acknowledge our oldest and deepest Dreams. You scoff at people for seeing a dream coming true? Makes me sad actually. We can get into the role of the Monarchy etc if you'de like but that would be missing the point. We are vicariously living the fairytale"

I'm not kidding, this is what people actually think!…I even got defriended by a couple of others…what is going on that this guy is proud to have cinderall and friends all over his house for his daughter to "look up to"??

Fleurdamour

It's an archetype – king, queen, prince and princess. Jung called the four together the quaternity, which is a symbol of psychological wholeness, and it represents the elder and younger version of the respective male and female principle. The princess is the young female, and of course girls identify with it. The problem is taking it literally and acting out an elite dominating version of a political ruler. We are ALL royal, and every girl is a princess, and the voice of the young female should be heard as much as the voice of the elders or the young male.

23skidoo

Has anyone else noticed the commercial for the new film Bridesmaids? A monarch butterfly flies out of a crazy mechanical wedding invitation and lands on the recipient's head.

Wow

I believe the media feeds into the narcissistic ideas, however, parents are the ones mainly responsible for creating the narcissistic children by catering to them and giving into their every whim…and the cycle continues…

Mimi

It's had to watch the innocent kids being used like that..=( I mean, everyone knows the world is evil to an extent but that is just so wong. =/

TC

That looks like a fabulous doc!

Speaking of crazy society, this video made me think of how the overly sexualized music industry is influencing younger and younger, perfectly oblivious poor kids 🙁

hopefully i am not perpetuating the inappropriateness by posting the link … i guess i just find it a little horrifying and related to many of the articles on this site's particular analysis of society as having some pretty weird elephants in the room. shared in the spirit of social critique:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embe

CCCC

"the power of association is far more potent than we realize."

(ex; same birthday as Rapsutin made you be more sympathetic towards him)

lady gaga much? makes me think of her stupid lyrics and twitter blabberings of all her "little monsters" "we can do this"(aka get me a bunch of youtube hits and i'll pretend to love you, even though they are 100% meaningless except for her giant a-s ego)

btw the document won't go past and hour and 4 minutes for me.

Musterion

This documentary will be great if it was subtitled. Is it possible to add subtitles?

good sense

really hero

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