Purpose: This assignment will allow you to provide an in-depth argument on a popular issue in society today, out infatuation with celebrity culture. We will formulate an argument and support that argument with evidence. Further, this assignment allows us to utilize cause and effect or definition, two popular modes in written communication.
Analyze one of the following options in a well-developed essay. Make sure you have a strong introduction with a very clear thesis statement. Provide strong points in the body of your essay and support them with details and examples. And finally, make sure your conclusion is developed and reflective. This essay must be at least 8 full pages typed and double-spaced using 12pt. Times Roman Font. Further, you should attempt to use 4 outside sources for this paper. Please consult our library databases first and foremost.
Choose one option: Keep in mind that the following prompts are to get you thinking. All parts of the prompt do not need to be answered in your paper.
Joseph EpsteinThe Culture of Celebrity
Stephen MarcheThe Glittering Skull: Celebrity as World Religion
1. Argument: In Joseph Epsteins article, The Culture of Celebrity, he quotes Dostoyevskys The Brothers Karamazov, stating So long as man remains free, he strives for nothing so incessantly and painfully as to find someone to worship and goes on to say, If contemporary celebrities are the best thing society has on offer as living gods for us to worship, this is not good news. Epstein clearly asserts that our current fascination and cultivation of celebrity culture has a detrimental effect on our society. Stephen Marche echoes this sentiment when he asserts that Celebrity culture is a hidden religion. It pretends to be junk while giving us the sustenance that we need . . .[T]hey dwell in the dark recesses of our souls where we crave the images of gods.
Briefly outline the argument made by Epstein and Marche in one or two paragraphs.
In at least two paragraphs, provide your own definition of celebrity culture.
*AGREE WITH THE ARGUMENT* Take a stand on this issue, using examples from the texts as well as outside examples present in our culture today.
Make sure to find some significance to your stance.