The main difference is its omnipresence and pervasivene
No it isn't
You don't like Rihanna, stop listening to RMF
You don't like Kim Kardashian, don't watch E Entertainment
It's really that feckin simple
None of the spectators wanted to become a gipsy or emualte the bear!
Of course they did, cultures are full of stories of heroes going off and joing the circus, becoming magicians/wizards etc. And if people didn't want to run off and join the travelling bands then where did they keep getting their entertainers from?
Come on man, try harder.
I know if I had a chance to become a trainer for bear jugglers or remain a feckin chicken farmer I know I'd be high tailing it after the travelling troupe.
Today's celebrity system has created a pattern for emulation
No different from 100, 2000, 500, 1000 & 2000 years ago. Christ sake man, you're a (supposed) Christain, you're whole life is based on emulating your long-haired leader.
More and more people these days are taking their cues from showbiz types
Whereas it used to be from clergy, same thing. People are idiots and need to get their cues from elsewhere coz they're too feckin stupid to have an original thought.
who often lead the most convoluted and mucked-up lives around
Same as above.
To a large extent they have replaced genuine authorities
Why do you need authorities? Are you too stupid to have an original thought?
Culture and a sense of aesthetics have been largely displaced by tawdry, tinsley crapola, and in place of ethical values we get ego-tripping and narcissism
No, they haven't.
Aristotle said about young people
They have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things -- and that means having exalted notions.
They would rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning -- all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything -- love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else.
The thing is, you're just old and past it man, you don't understand the youth coz you've forgotten what it was like to be young. Societies don't really change, people just get older and fatter and more useless and judgemental.
Celebromania and other aspects of commerpop
These are not words.
impact much of the lives of a growing number of people in Poland and world-wide
As did the lives of celebrities 100, 2000, 500, 1000 & 2000 years ago. Get over it.
I don't know about you, but I feel this stunts people's cultural and intellectual development
And who exactly are you to be the feckin leader on cultural and intellectual development? You're an ultra-religious homophobe bully. You are in no position to pass judgement on what is cultural and intellectual development. Give me a break chopie.
The more so that most people do not realise what is actually happening to them and behind the scenes
Most people don't care. Why don't you understand that. Most poeple would rather watch Rihanna or Kim Kardashian or Barcelona or Bayern Munich than tune in to depressing Polish political broadcasts. Pop culture is escapism, as is sport, people escaping from the grim realities of this f!cked up country or whatever f!cked up country they're from/living in. Can you blame them? I certainly can't.