2014年4月12日托福独立写作第一套题目：The opinions of celebrities, such as entertainers and athletes, are more important to the younger people than they are to the older people.
It is believed that celebrities play a critical role in leading the tide of public opinions while it seems that young people are easier to be influenced than older people. Thus, from my perspective, the opinions of celebrities, such as famous entertainers and athletes, are more important for the young people than they are to the older people.
Opinions from celebrities could have a positive impact on young people. Not having experienced much in their own life, young people may learn a lot from celebrities’ experience, as well as their attitude towards life. As idols, celebrities are more likely to present excellent models for the young since they are appreciated by young people themselves. While on the other hand, what their parents or teachers said might be treated as nagging instructions. However, the older people who are more sophisticated and have already formed their own characters are usually more stubborn to learn from others.
Moreover, due to their lack of mental maturity to follow bad rather than good examples, the younger people, unlike the older people, admire and are inclined to imitate 'notorious' celebrities whose remarks, however out of the common, are readily taken for granted. Today, television and the Internet have generated tremendous exposure for a number of elite stars who stand for partying, drug abuse, drunk driving, rapid marriage and rapid divorce, and on and on. Most teenagers and young adults, who tend to attach importance to celebrities' opinions, actually become other people since their thoughts are celebrities' thoughts spoken in the spotlight. In contrast, the older people are easily getting tired of celebrity overload and do not pay so much attention to scandals.
To do justice to all shining stars in the galaxy of fame, they have the freedom to voice their opinions of whatever kind, so it is up to people both young and old to evaluate what is said and done. But by comparison, celebrities are more important for the younger people. Therefore, it is always advisable for the younger people to learn from the merits but not to follow celebrities' opinions blindly.
Opinions of young celebrities are more attentively heard, even believed, by the younger peoplethan by the older people, who often have their own role models apart. On occasions, it isamusing for the general public to listen to what famous stars have to say, but what is saidcould sometimes turn out to be particularly not in favor of the more naive people. Too often, opinions from celebrities could be harmful to young people's mental and financial health, to saythe least.
Unlike the older people, the younger people admire and want to imitate 'notorious' celebritieswhose remarks, however out of the common, are readily taken for granted. This could affectthem negatively due to their lack of mental maturity to follow bad rather than good examples. Apparently, it is not only the words but also the deeds of those 'role models' that are not doingany good for the mentality of the younger people. Today, television and the Internet havegenerated tremendous exposure for a number of elite stars who stand for partying, drugabuse, drunk driving, rapid marriage and rapid divorce, and on and on. Most teenagers andyoung adults, who tend to attach importance to celebrities' opinions, actually become otherpeople since their thoughts are celebrities' thoughts spoken in the spotlight. Fortunately, itseems that the older people are easily getting tired of celebrity overload and do not pay somuch attention to scandals.
Young celebrities' opinions could become a persuasion in advertising, thereby affecting youngconsumers' pockets. Very famous personalities in the fields of pop music, cinema and sports, are being hired to give positive comments about products and services that have little ornothing to do with their professions. Nowadays, companies all over the world are usingcelebrities to orally promote sales of anything from fast food to young fashion to fancy car. Under the influence of what is called 'celebrity testimonials', the younger population, ratherthan the older population, are encouraged to buy things they really do not need and spendmoney they actually do not have. That is, a celebrity works as a convincing sales-speakerthrough the image of strong role model among the younger generation. Usually, the oldergeneration would not entirely trust products and services endorsed by celebrities.
To do justice to all shining stars in the galaxy of fame, probably they have the freedom to voicetheir opinions of whatever kind, so it is up to people both young and old to evaluate what issaid and done. However, it is always advisable for the younger people not to follow celebrities'opinions blindly. It is one thing to hear celebrities breaking the mold; but it is quite another toknow if they are degrading good social and family values.