IELTS ライティングテスト #16 例題 (Media Coverage of Celebrities)


In the past, news about famous people may havembeen confined to gossip columns in newspapers; these days it ismnot uncommon for celebrities to featuremas front page news. There is evidencemthat the public feels there ismtoo much news coverage of famous people.mNot surprisingly, theremis concern about how this might be affecting people, and in particular children.

One of the possible negative consequences of the ‘cult of celebrity’ ismthe tendency to confuse fame and notoriety. Celebritymscandals are just as likely to receivempublicity as celebrity achievements. Indeed, some famous people have received moremattention for their misuse of drugs and alcoholmthan for their successes on the stage or in sports. Children who crave attention may come to see misbehaviour as normal.

The emphasis on individuals in the public eye may also be at the expensemof serious news coverage. Next to themsuperficial excitement of celebritymgossip, news about serious events and issues that have a more profound effect on people’smlives may seem uninteresting.mChildren may be forming a very distortedmpicture of how the world works.

The negative influencemof celebrities on childrenmcan also be seen in children’s careermaspirations. These days, young people are much more likelymto see themselves as potential sports stars or entertainers. Themprevalence of these figures in themmass media may convey the impression thatmsuchmpositions are plentiful. Children may be developing unrealistic expectationsmthat they too will become richmand famous.

In summary, the ‘cult of celebrity’ may be affecting children in a numbermof undesirable ways. It is important that childrenmbe taught to critically evaluate what they see in the media so that they can form a more realisticmview of society, acceptable behaviour, andmindeed themselves.