How The Media Treated Whitney Houston’s Death
My first essay is based upon the death of singer, actress, model, and producer Whitney Houston. However, I wanted to write a separate blog about the topic. When she died in February 2012, the media had a field day(s) with it, as they do whenever a celebrity or public figure passes away. When Whitney was alive, it was no secret that she had her ups and downs, her struggles and triumphs, especially when it came to substance abuse. Throughout her life and career, the media (specifically the mediums of newspaper, magazines, and television news) continuously felt the need to report about her troubles more so than they did the positive aspects of her life, enforcing the concept of Yellow Journalism; journalism that is based upon sensationalism and crude exaggeration.
The reason for this type of reporting and this type of journalism was to satisfy the public’s desire and pleasures to these kinds of news. The newspapers and magazines knew that they would sell more copies if news like Whitney Houston’s struggles and subsequent death were featured inside. The television news stations knew that they would most likely receive the highest ratings if they featured a story on her. Which brings me to my question of: is society’s (especially in countries like the United States) main concern are for stories based on the trials and tribulations of celebrities and public figures more than stories that could be considered important such as violence in our local neighborhoods or the government?