The thing I find fascinating about American culture is the fact that we love to buy stuff, but we hate someone selling us. As a society based on consumerism, you would think we would enjoy and look forward to anyone trying to sell anything. “Yes, mall kiosk employee, I love buying stuff so please tell me all about your inventory of gadgets!” But the reality is we avoid eye contact or get a “No thanks” locked and loaded 50 feet before passing said sales person.
We avoid the sales pitch at any cost. It makes us feel uncomfortable and causes us to keep our guard way up. The reality of the situation is that we typically will not buy anything if we feel uncomfortable while doing so. Our brains will not allow us to buy unless we believe the sales person is being honest and unless the purchase “feels right”.
This explains why we visit stores, dealerships, shops, nail salons, bars where we know someone and someone knows us; a place where we feel comfortable. The relationship is vital to almost every aspect of our lives and we prefer to have some connection of some type to someone before we do business.
I am amazed at the number of people who listen intently to the views and opinions of celebrities. Just for the record, I do not. I don’t watch any of the celebrity award shows. I don’t read any celebrity tweets. I simply don’t care what they have to say. But apparently someone does or else Yahoo and other media sources wouldn’t be loaded with info about The Golden Globes.
To some degree society has always been influenced by celebrities. After all most advertising campaigns over the last 70 years have centered around a celebrity spokesperson; and they work which means they have influence.
I have always said every person needs to be careful in who they allow in their inner-circle of influence. The right person with influence can steer the ship toward the stars (no pun intended), but the wrong influencer can take it down for a deep dive. I think it is important for all of us to recognize and be in control of who we allow to have influence in our lives.
With all that is going on in Hollyweird, I’m not so sure any of them are suitable and trustworthy role models.