2019年9-12月 雅思口语 Part 3 Topic 4 外国名人

1. How can people become famous?

Celebrity culture is becoming a larger and larger part of society in the modem world. There are many different ways that people can become famous. However, most people become famous because they are very talented and interesting people. Most of the time famous people are individuals who the media or the public have become very interested in because of their unique talent. For example often a young person is discovered with amazing singing abilities and they quickly become famous because the public are so amazed by their talent. Different countries have different types of celebrities. For example where I am from some of our most famous celebrities are actors such as Deng Chao from the television show Running Man. Being on television is a very common way for people to become very famous, as millions of people watch television every day.

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a celebrity?

I am not sure whether I would like to be a celebrity. Many modem celebrities struggle with protecting their privacy. Everywhere they go people recognise them and the media follow them. I imagine it must be very stressful trying to live your day to day life. However, there are obvious benefits to being a celebrity. Most celebrities become very wealthy due to their fame and live fun and exciting lives as a result. This lifestyle has become something a lot of people desire in the modem world, especially members of the younger generation. Most young people would like to be rich and famous without having to work very hard in life. However, I do not see the appeal in this. I think being a celebrity is stressful and I would prefer to live a quiet life.

3. What influences can famous people have on the society?

Famous people have a lot of influence on society because a lot of people look up to celebrities and respect their opinions. Personally, I do not think this is always a good thing. Celebrities can often have a lot of young people who look up to them, therefore if a celebrity makes a bad decision often many children may copy them without thinking. This is dangerous as it can make it difficult to raise children to be good and well-rounded people if they have bad role models. However, I think that in China celebrities till only have a minor influence on society. This is not true for the rest of the world, in the western world celebrities have a massive impact on very serious issues. For example, celebrities are often used in advertising campaigns for big charities tackling serious issues.

4. Why can some celebrities stay famous for a long time while some cannot?

Fame and popularity are strange things in society and can be very volatile (不稳定).Some celebrities remain famous for a long time while others are forgotten about very quickly. I think this is largely because we live in a very fast paced society wherc things are always changing and there is always something new to discover. Therefore, to remain famous a celebrity must always be in the media and the public eyes. Therefore, good celebrities will continue to either release popular music, or make new movies or do whatever they are talented at to stay in the public eye. Some celebrities are not able to do this and quickly lose fame after becoming celebrities, these types of people are called one hit wonders because they only had one successful moment. It is my opinion that older generations were not so quick to forget about celebrities.

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