:Activity Log, October 2011:
:Activity Log, September 2011:
Today, I’ve been looking at who I could look at in the celebrity world, and I narrowed it down to a list of 8 people:
- The Kardashians
- The Osbournes
- Amy Winehouse
- Justin Bieber
- Britney Spears
- Kerry Katona
- Jessie J
I chose these people because I’m either a fan, or they have been in the tabloids, or talked about, quite a lot recently, or what they have done in the past has still had a devastating impact on their career.
I narrowed it down even more to The Kardashians, The Osbournes, Britney Spears and Kerry Katona.
I eliminated Kerry Katona after searching her on the internet (is she really always doing something wrong?), and found I could not decide between The Kardashians, The Osbournes and Britney.
I definitely wanted to compare The Kardashians to somebody. The Kardashians are always in the tabloids. Always. Everybody is always talking about them and they seem to have taken the world by storm.
My first thought was The Osbournes, as they are another family, but I finally decided on comparing The Kardashians and Britney Spears, a whole family to an individual.
I’ve actually found myself thinking whether the reason The Kardashians are so “cool headed” is because it’s not just one of them going through it alone and they all understand each other.
Today I have been searching the internet for facts and figures to compare my own with.
"34% of respondents to our poll think that celebrities should be entitled to absolute privacy in their private lives unless they are breaking the law, OR doing something that might be considered morally wrong (e.g. having an affair). Tiger Woods et al. fall into this category, so it is interesting to note that only 46% of respondents think that he has no right to privacy in this case."
I found a few facts that I’m hoping to put inside my report.
:Activity Log, September 2011:
This is a report on celebrities privacy and the rights the paparazzi hold
Today, I’ve completed the questionnaires. I had a few of my friends and family, as well as people on my course, fill them in, but I haven’t yet started comparing them against each other.
I’ve read through each one and it appears most people agree that they do not have any privacy.
I’m hoping to have facts and figures by the end of this evening, as well as information into the laws on privacy of celebrities (though I found an article on this which I haven’t read all the way through that discussed the rights of the paparazzi). This hasn’t been completed up to yet due to other coursework.
Here is a copy of the questions from the questionnaire:
- Please specify your gender. Male / Female
- Please specify what magazines you buy each month, if any?
- Why do you buy these magazines?
- What are your opinions on celebrity privacy?
- Are you aware of the rights of the paparazzi and the loop hole in these rights?
- How do you believe the media portrays celebrities?
- “Articles recounting details of the daily lives of celebrities generate a much higher level of interest on part of the public than do similar stories of unknown people" - How far do you agree with this statement?
- Can publicity ever be bad?
- What is your opinion on celebrities’ private lives? Do you think they should be entitled to privacy?
- What do you think of those celebrities who create reality TV shows to give the public an insight to their private lives?
- Why do you think the public prefer to read/hear about celebrities than lives of others in the general public?
- Please state anything else you wish to say on this topic.
By September, I’m hoping to have my questionnaire completed by as many as possible and for myself to annotate the results to put into my report. As well as this, I’m planning to have my research into the law of celebrity privacy and how the court system has dealt previous issues.
I’m going to try to make links between these and what the public thinks by the end of the month.
In October, I’m hoping to have found the two celebrities that I’m going to focus on for my report through looking at who has been in the tabloids a lot recently and whether it’s been a good effect on their career or not. I’m also going to look at their careers on a whole and what publicity has surrounded them since the beginning of their careers.
December to January, I’m hoping to have begun writing a rough draft of my report, which may be nothing like the final outcome. I will include pieces of data that I have found out from my questionnaires and from interviewing certain people. By the middle of January, I will begin to write another version of the report, which will hold most of the points that the final report will.
From the first of February to the due date, I will spend my time writing the final version that will have been cut and edited to make sure no “waffle” is included within the report. I will also have a collage made to look like the front of a magazine.
The title of my work will be “Should Celebrities Be Entitled To Privacy?” which will be in the form of a report.
My project objectives are to find out the laws on celebrity privacy, why these have/have not been set and what the public thinks of celebrities privacy. This is a project I will do independently.
The reason I have chose “Should Celebrities Be Entitled To Privacy?" is because it has recently been in the tabloids with the phone hacking scandal where ‘The News Of The World’ bugged people’s phones so they could hear their private conversations.
I also find it an interesting topic to discuss because if every human is entitled to privacy, why aren’t they?
I also have a few friends who wish to go into tabloid journalism and they find this an interesting topic.
Activities to be carried out during the project include:
- research into the laws of privacy
- research into how the court system has handled cases of celebrity privacy issues
- looking at what stories have been continuously appearing in the tabloids
- looking at who keeps continuously appearing in the tabloids
- looking at why exactly celebrities are put upon by the press
My milestones are October 2011 and February 2012, which have been set by my tutors.
The resources I will need are magazines, newspapers, questionnaires, a computer and internet access.