This image, posted on FB struck a chord with me. When a recent survey of school children in the UK revealed the answer to “What do you want to be when you grow up” was “FAMOUS”, we know we have a serious problem.
There are so many good role models out there – successful business people, sportsmen, adventurers. But what sells newspapers and magazines like Hello is ‘celebrity watching”. What is cheap and easy TV to make are “reality TV shows” making the sad, desperate lives of ordinary people into soap operas. In in the process, making those people somehow “famous”.
So the past week, and the coming week is a chance to get to know the GB Olympic Team – ordinary people who have made extraordinary sacrifices and worked extraordinarily hard to be successful. These are the real stars who should be the celebrities and that the media and our children should see as role models.