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    Sports stars and movie stars have responsibilities to young people as role models.

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    Id be obliged if someone rates this essay. Posted it at Bigdukes thread a week ago, but the thread seems dead. Thx in advance. GRE on Sep 9.


    Sports stars and movie stars have responsibilities to young people as role models. This is because they earn millions of dollars and the least they can do is to exemplfiy good behavior to their fans.




    The issue of a sport stars or a movie-stars responsibility towards the mass that idolizes them and extols them to the status of "God" is often discussed in the media and also in casual conversations. My perspective on this issue is that sport stars and movie stars must shoulder the responsibilty of exemplifying good behavior and observing a certain code of ethics as a part of fulfilling their responsibilities towards their fans, especially the youth owing to the fact that the mind of a young person is more impressionable, as the common platitude goes "the mind of a kid is like clay, you can mould it anyway that you like". The fact that they are highly paid makes them powerful and successful people in the eyes of the youth and their misconduct is likely to be emulated by naive youngsters. Although it can be argued that a levelheaded person would look at the misbehavior or wrongdoings of an influential person with an objective viewpoint, one cannot escape from the fact that this is not the case most often.


    Most youngsters today virtually deify sportstars and look up to them as role models in life who epitomize success and the accompanying power. The same is also true for many movie stars. How these "influential" people behave in real life situations and react to their circumstances is under constant public scrutiny. Ask any high school student which section of the newspaper he is most likely to read first and he would instantly reply "the sports section" without thinking about it twice. How these sport stars react to adverse situations like a defeat or inability to break a record or the inability to improve is constantly being observed by the youngsters who follow them. Many times it does happen that these youngsters are so involved in the sport or so influenced by the sport star that they believe that everything that the person is doing is right and don't evaluate his behavior objectively. This in turn can induce the same kind of behavior in a young fan. For example: Consider a ten year old who is an ardent tennis fan, especially of a person with a volatile temper like John McEnroe. This young kid would probably think that the right way to react in an unfavorable situation is to start shouting at everyone around and hurling abuses. The next time when something doesn't go according to his wish, for example his father not getting him a popular video game, he just might start throwing similar tantrums. Another example would be the use of performance enhancing drugs. One cannot deny the fact that this would probably have a negative effect on an upcoming sportsperson. Knowing the fact that an accomplished sportsperson is doing it, would probably tempt him/her to do so too.


    In this day and age, everyone watches movies from youngsters to adults. Most people think that movie stars exemplify a certain "cool" factor and many times go as far as emulating their mannerisms from something as insignificant as the way someone curls his lip to something more significant like smoking or abusing. This particular example of "on-screen" smoking is a controversial one where I hail from. Recently the government passed a law banning on-screen smoking and there was a huge uproar in the film industry with the industry's standpoint being that this is a flagrant violation of the fundamental right of freedom of expression. Although the industry's standpoint is valid to some extent, what they don't realize is that impressionable young minds deem smoking as a "cool" thing to do just because his/her favorite movie star does it. This argument can be extended beyond smoking to drug abuse, alcohol abuse and so on and so forth.


    It can be argued that someone who is level headed enough so as to be able to distinguish the right from the wrong would not be affected by how a movie star or a sport star behaves. Although this argument cannot be debunked in its entirety, where it really falls apart is in the assumption that everyone possesses the same level of emotional and mental stability. One cannot expect a 10 year old to be as judicious as a 21 year old. Moreover, quite often being subject to such constant misbehavior by someone who is idolized, many times has a subconscious affect. One often loses the ability to think clearly in a dire circumstance or the ability to reason things in the heat of the moment. In such a situation one might tend to emulate the misbehavior of a movie star or a sport star in a similar situation.


    In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that movie stars and sport stars do have a certain moral obligation towards their fans. The fact that they are highly paid and widely admired makes them successful people in the eyes of the public. It is a natural tendency to emulate someone successful, especially in the case of the youth. Truly, the least that such "idols" and demigods can do is to exemplify decent behavior.

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    Well, my only comment is that a few sentences of yours are just too long. Try to form shorter sentences or if this is the way you write, just dont bother. This will do. That said, your essay is otherwise very nice and you shouldnt have any problem with your AWA, whatsoever.

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    Thx a lot, ill make a note to not extend my sentences too much. :-).

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    Quote Originally Posted by foobarred
    Id be obliged if someone rates this essay. Posted it at Bigdukes thread a week ago, but the thread seems dead. Thx in advance. GRE on Sep 9.


    Sports stars and movie stars have responsibilities to young people as role models. This is because they earn millions of dollars and the least they can do is to exemplfiy good behavior to their fans.




    The issue of a sport stars or a movie-stars responsibility towards the mass that idolizes them and extols them to the status of "God" is often discussed in the media and also in casual conversations. My perspective on this issue is that sport stars and movie stars must shoulder the responsibilty of exemplifying good behavior and observing a certain code of ethics as a part of fulfilling their responsibilities towards their fans, especially the youth owing to the fact that the mind of a young person is more impressionable, as the common platitude goes "the mind of a kid is like clay, you can mould it anyway that you like". The fact that they are highly paid makes them powerful and successful people in the eyes of the youth and their misconduct is likely to be emulated by naive youngsters. Although it can be argued that a levelheaded person would look at the misbehavior or wrongdoings of an influential person with an objective viewpoint, one cannot escape from the fact that this is not the case most often.

    This can be more brief


    Most youngsters today virtually deify sportstars and look up to them as role models in life who epitomize success and the accompanying power. The same is also true for many movie stars. How these "influential" people behave in real life situations and react to their circumstances is under constant public scrutiny. Ask any high school student which section of the newspaper he is most likely to read first and he would instantly reply "the sports section" without thinking about it twice. How these sport stars react to adverse situations like a defeat or inability to break a record or the inability to improve is constantly being observed by the youngsters who follow them. Many times it does happen that these youngsters are so involved in the sport or so influenced by the sport star that they believe that everything that (that s are disturbing) the person is doing is right and don't evaluate his behavior objectively. This in turn can induce the same kind of behavior in a young fan. For example: Consider a ten year old who is an ardent tennis fan, especially of a person with a volatile temper like John McEnroe. This young kid would probably think that the right way to react in an unfavorable situation is to start shouting at everyone around and hurling abuses. The next time when something doesn't go according to his wish, for example his father not getting him a popular video game, he just might start throwing similar tantrums. Another example would be the use of performance enhancing drugs. One cannot deny the fact that this would probably have a negative effect on an upcoming sportsperson. Knowing the fact that an accomplished sportsperson is doing it, would probably tempt him/her to do so too.

    This is ok


    In this day and age, everyone watches movies from youngsters to adults. Most people think that movie stars exemplify a certain "cool" factor and many times go as far as emulating their mannerisms from something as insignificant as the way someone curls his lip to something more significant like smoking or abusing. This particular example of "on-screen" smoking is a controversial one where I hail from. Recently the government passed a law banning on-screen smoking and there was a huge uproar in the film industry with the industry's standpoint being that this is a flagrant violation of the fundamental right of freedom of expression. Although the industry's standpoint is valid to some extent, what they don't realize is that impressionable young minds deem smoking as a "cool" thing to do just because his/her favorite movie star does it. This argument can be extended beyond smoking to drug abuse, alcohol abuse and so on and so forth.

    A little irrelevant; we are not talking about industy, but artists, stars ; an example about them could be more beneficial


    It can be argued that someone who is level headed enough so as to be able to distinguish the right from the wrong would not be affected by how a movie star or a sport star behaves. Although this argument cannot be debunked in its entirety, where it really falls apart is in the assumption that everyone possesses the same level of emotional and mental stability. One cannot expect a 10 year old to be as judicious as a 21 year old. Moreover, quite often being subject to such constant misbehavior by someone who is idolized, many times has a subconscious affect. One often loses the ability to think clearly in a dire circumstance or the ability to reason things in the heat of the moment. In such a situation one might tend to emulate the misbehavior of a movie star or a sport star in a similar situation.

    Nice to defend against the counter arguement

    In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that movie stars and sport stars do have a certain moral obligation towards their fans. The fact that they are highly paid and widely admired makes them successful people in the eyes of the public. It is a natural tendency to emulate someone successful, especially in the case of the youth. Truly, the least that such "idols" and demigods can do is to exemplify decent behavior.
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    thx for the input everyone !

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