These past few weeks I’ve been doing some reality check on the progress of my web blog, and it’s meaning for my self.
I was fairly shocked to find out that most people reading my blog are looking for amusement, gossips and the like, rather than serious stuff—that was actually what my brother Muhsin Labib had realized some time ago.
So I put the gossip of Britney Spears conversion to Islam to test it.
The result: almost 3000 people read my posting on Britney Spears alone! And not less than 200 comments given on the same subject. Most of those comments are not even worthy of my approval. And then this same posting was being disseminated to other Indonesian blogs as well.
That wasn’t it. Some friends even sms-ed me to follow up on Britney, just in case something new come up.
I started to get annoyed, and looking for some answers. Why Indonesians never seems to satisfied about celebrity gossip? With all those tv programs (probably every 10 minutes), long pages of gossips on magazines and newspapers, why some still looking for more celebrity gossips on alternative media such as websites and blogs?
Why all this madness and craving for some more celebrity gossips or even celebrity worship?
Why all this happen here? Of, course i don’t know all the answers. Please help!
Some social scientists theorized that celebrity worship is part of ‘parasocial’ relationship building. It plays a role in the transition from parental attachment to peer attachments and social attachments.
However, what happened here has larger aspects. I start seeing parallels between the Indonesians celebrity worship and the lack of role-model and leadership in this country. If we have a strong and charismatic leaders, this sort of behavior would only be teensy weensy.
Until then, bare with me to see more gossips lovers and celebrity worshipers craving for more rumors and hearsay, and more Ilham Bintang and Punjabi Dynasty emerges as big business conglomerate.