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We all have out idols, some are genuine self-made choices some are chosen due to peer pressure or the environment we grew up in. People often tend to idolize other people at a religious scale. An example that comes to mind is Justin Bieber. To be honest, the kid has some musical talent but that doesn't mean he's a good singer. A big percentage of teenage girls today tend to chose him as an idol for one simple reason: Society's depiction of a "perfect boyfriend" coincides with Biebers music, behavior, and style. This notion is highly destructive to a kid's lifestyle since it creates a narrow minded approach to life, but that's a totally different blog.
Furthermore, Twilight's fame among teenage girls between the ages 14-23 is of no surprise since it carries the same societal themes as Justin Bieber. Impossible love, jealousy, fighting for the girl you love are recurring themes in the Twilight movies as well as the books. Both the books and the movies are extremely poorly written and the character development are close to zero. I'm not going to review the movie because I'm assuming most of you know how bad it is. The producers of the movie and the writer of the book had a target audience from the beginning, one that they knew would bring the most profit. They were right, and it paid off.
The mainstream media today is the most corrupt facet of our society. Period. No other element of our life is this effective in brainwashing en mass. Jersey Shore, celebrities' reality shows, MTV, and other similar programs or shows are destructive to people's intelligence as they perpetrate most of the notions and themes presented above while leaving the viewer thinking that they are not better enough to be part of the "cool people". So kids rebel, become emo, or find an idol they can emulate and we end up with camps formed of Biebers, and Lady Gagas, and Eminems, etc. This creates an inevitable separation between the generations and we get youngsters hating old people because they are not "cool" and don't listen to the Jonas Brothers or they don't dress as "cool" as the "cool people on TV" do.
In contrast, what are some idols that kids today should emulate of follow: Jacque Fresco, ever heard of him? Probably not as he is not the kind of man portrayed on mainstream TV. Fresco is a self-made social engineer who dropped out of school at a very young age and began teaching himself the science of biology, engineering, geography, etc. Fresco is the founder of the Venus Project, ever heard of that?
What about Carl Sagan, why don't people idolize him? He's one of the greatest minds of the previous generation. Jiddu Krishnamurti is a great idol, his speeches and conversations with scientists and other philosophers are an extraordinary learning experience that if people listen to him more often out world might not have been as screwed up as it is.