How far should people's privacy be protected from the press?

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Darren Burn (C)                01/05/2007

How far should people’s privacy be protected from the press?

No one ever said that it would be easy to live the life of a celebrity yet many people take a route into fame without really thinking about the problems that come with it. Most “normal” people have a common belief that living in the public eye has more positive affects than negative ones. However, what they fail to take into account is the daily press intrusion into what sometimes turns into a free-for-all.

There are no set rules to being a celebrity, just like there are none for being a parent, but each person has learnt (or in some cases not) how to handle the press in their own way. Each star receives a varying amount of press attention in their life and usually music celebrities are more hounded than film personalities simply because they appear in added mediums separate from their music. Whereas a film star is in the actual movie and a select few interviews, musicians can be found on records, in music videos, in interviews, and at live performances and award shows.

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This increases the press intrusion into their lives. Generally, other celebrities – such as politicians – are not targeted as much because, at the end of the day, the newspapers and magazines want to sell their product and it tends to be the superstar content that makes it that added bit easier.

I believe that when someone chooses to enter any aspect of public life, they need to accept the responsibility and added baggage that comes with such a life. I also think that there should be clearer guidelines for the press to follow in regards to dealing with celebrities ...

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