I admit I’m so much happier now that I don’t really watch TV, keep up with the endless minutiae of every irrelevant incident occurring throughout every second of every day. Having said that, one of the most interesting phenomenons in modern society is the way people—especially Americans—transfer or transpose their own egos into the mirrored reality of famous stars, actors, politicians, sports stars, reality TV and a multitudinous cacophony of completely inconsequential blather and bullshit.
Hollywood Spawned Narcissistic Ego Disorder
People like stars because they see themselves in them. They feel part of them. Women swoon over famous men and men fantasize about sexy famous women. We want to to have sex with these people. We want to hang out with these people. We worry about them. We cry when they cry. We cry when they die. We scathingly critique them when they make us mad. We jerk off when they do a Playboy spread. Not only do we worship, look up to, grovel for, dream of and much more—we want to be them. Hollywood has become the mirrored ego in a majority of people’s lives.
And that is not only sad, it is sick. It’s a sociological disease driven by mass media entertainment. These are powerful, wide sweeping sociological phenomena that absorb people without them even knowing it. It is a self-generating entity unto itself.
People in American society are far too concerned with famous people, stars, musicians, awards, who died, etc. It is actually a sociological mass brain disorder
Dr. Drew Pinsky has a theory (the mirror effect) that most stars are predisposed to narcissistic personality disorder long before they become famous and that a majority of people in society use this as a mirror thus psychologically distorting and damaging their own minds using stars as “twisted mentors”. I’d go even further to say the entire landscape of the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, blogging, etc. has changed the way people interact as a whole. Because of the way our lives and egos are mirrored by Hollywood narcissism, we are growing into a less intelligent, excessively greedy, superficial horde of human beings.
When human beings begin to actually care what happens to a character on a TV show and then obsess over the actor paying the character, it is so bizarre I cannot help but look at them like science experiments gone awry.
The entire idea of friendship has become a shallow meaningless relationship whereby elimination of those we disagree with is but a click away—and this disturbing phenomenon overflows into our actual lives. Let me rephrase that: it doesn’t overflow, it is a tsunami of sickness.
All these concepts coincide with the modern plague and version of depression and drug addiction. The truth is, when we allow all this garbage (over-obsession with Hollywood, what other people do or say, etc) into our lives we lose “presence” in our own lives.
When it comes to judging celebrities and their behavior, it might be best to take a good look in the mirror
I know a young woman who didn’t go to her own mother’s funeral, but did travel 1500 miles to mourn over Michael Jackson’s death (and actually cried for three days over it). But the fact remains, she never actually knew nor was friends with Jackson in real life. That is scary my friends. What famous people do or say generally has no relevancy in yours, mine, or anyone’s lives. There’s nothing wrong with watching TV, listening to music, having a “star crush”, but when it becomes an obsession it becomes a serious medical disorder.
We need to choke down that Valium to sleep. We need that Prozac to cope. We need to take sides in political issues. We need to worry about why we aren’t more beautiful, skinnier, sexier, younger. Advertisers masterfully manipulate the public making women believe they need to be someone else to be wanted, loved or desired. Men are sold and actually buy billions of tablets of ExtenZe so their dicks will be longer and harder.
Because there is something wrong with you and they want to sell you the cure. The most unbelievable aspect of all? You demand it. You demand to be sick. Keep obsessing on all those things in life that truly don’t matter and transferring your own ego into the matrix of meaningless bullshit—you’ll remain exactly where they want you to be.
Be yourself. Love yourself. Let go of all that which truly doesn’t matter and be filled with love and happiness. And most importantly, BE PRESENT in your own life and forget about what stars do. Learn the difference between loving yourself and narcissism.
What I’m really getting at is an actual sociological paradigm called dramaturgical perspective. This can be an effective way to explain a sociological disorder (affects an entire group of individuals, not just one person). Dramaurgical perspective theorizes that because of modern communication, we are no longer individuals or who we believe we are. Our identity is built on consensus (relationships between ourselves, others, societal groups, and how these elements blend as a whole). We aren’t really ourselves, we are in a sense playing ourselves or the created image of who we want to be like an actor. Social interaction has become dependent on this “consensus”.
People are living more and more aspects of their lives as a slave to socially molded conveyance or performance. It has become commonplace for people to become a caricature of themselves and live as a performing artist, based not on who they actually are, but on who society says they are. Some are aware of this and use it to manipulate others, but are still a sociologically produced psychological product . . . kinda like a living breathing human McDonald’s cheeseburger.
The symbiotic relationship of mirrored realities (Hollywood to masses and masses to Hollywood) are reflections of each other. Human beings become more fake than the fake actors they worship. And it all designs and builds a bizarre mass-sociologically separatist reality.
- We are born blank slates.
- We get a corrupted politically correct mass media influenced education.
- We then become less individualistic.
- We grow up and separate even further.
- We divide among religion, race, politics, class and every other type of separatist identification.
- We allow mass media entertainment and the 24 hour news cycle to turn us into superficial slaves.
I could go on an on about this stuff, but I’ll just say: take a step back from this sociological matrix and take a long look in the mirror. Are you really who you believe you are? Are you nothing more than a highly manipulated representation of a displayed performance you reveal to the world?
I didn’t watch the MTV music awards yesterday. but I did watch in sheer astonishment as the Kanye West sociological manipulation exploded across the web, Facebook and Twitter. The very idea that some guy on TV manipulated how you felt at the time and prompted you to voice your concern over this irrelevant triviality is incredible. The mass public was played like a violin. Ask yourself why and look in the mirror when you do it.
You might just have narcissistic personality disorder.