The old saying goes, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity,” and Hollywood has embraced this mantra unlike any other industry. But in the age of instant information and cyber-crimes, is that old saying still true? Celebrities may still prefer negative gossip to no gossip, as Oscar Wilde once intimated, but times have changed and there could be hidden dangers that you haven’t even considered, ones that may require emotional help or a service like Lifelock.

The Actor

celbrity gossipYes, an actor, musician or model has chosen a life in the public eye. This doesn’t, however, negate the fact that they are human beings with the same potential for psychological issues as the general public. Always seeing their personal lives splashed across the media can compound low self-esteem, stress and anxiety that they already feel.

Physical danger is just as real for these celebrities. The ease of information gathering on the internet and the competition among media outlets make obtaining and disseminating personal information on famous people simpler and potentially more harmful than ever before. Stars’ homes and addresses are regularly publicized. Most have the financial means to protect their identities and assets, but it doesn’t mean they all do.

The Consumer

Anyone who follows this celebrity gossip may believe they are only engaging in harmless distractions from real life, but in addition to feeding the media outlets who engage in invasive behavior, they are also putting themselves at risk.

According to an article by Roland Merullo, celebrity gossip is one of the causes of the American public’s cynicism. The constant barrage of who is cheating on who, the over-indulgence of the rich, and the high and mighty’s fall from grace have eroded people’s ability to sympathize with other’s struggles.

However, a more immediate danger to someone surfing the internet for celebrity gossip may be identity theft. That’s right – identity theft is a concern for those who simply read the dirt being publicized about society’s rich and famous. A perfect example is the public obsession over actress Kristen Stewart’s affair with her director. Although, according to The Huffington Post, the practice had been going on for a decade before her indiscretion, hackers exploited the Stewart scandal to drive unsuspecting internet users to infected or fake websites. From there, the hackers steal passwords and other identifying information to get their hands on the viewer’s money or credit.

Fortunately, someone reading an online gossip magazine doesn’t have to be in the same financial situation as a celebrity to protect herself. By investing in a service, anyone can protect themselves from the unseen dangers of hackers and identity thieves who lurk in cyberspace. These systems offer safety in a world where searching for something as innocuous as a movie review, gift ideas or a networking connection can put someone at risk of identity theft.

The Takeaway

So, while most celebrities and entertainment executives may still hold to the belief that no publicity is bad publicity, arguments abound for a lower profile, particularly on the internet, for both the famous and the everyday citizen. By focusing less on the sensational and more on the practical and important events going on, people are are likely to avoid the negative emotional responses and the dangerous criminals that gossip and scandal may bring.


The Oracle

1 Response » to “The Hidden Dangers of Celebrity Gossip – Bad for All Involved?”

  1. Celebrity gossip is an interesting topic. One thing is for sure, American can’t seem to get enough of it.

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