Pleasing the Eye
I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about something we haven’t talked about much this semester: celebrity news. This is the stuff more of magazines but in most newspapers there is a section dedicated to the most newsworthy of the rich and famous.
On the main page for the New York Times towards the bottom there is/was a story featuring a relatively new star, Megan Fox. Any time I see anything about Fox I can’t help but look. First of all, she’s absolutely (I’m convinced) the most gorgeous star let alone person in the world. She has a certain mystery about her that makes her 100% intriguing. She, as the article says, got her big brake starring in Transformers but this article expresses a concern that her stardom may wear off because females may be unwilling to accept her oversexed publicity.
Fox is also known for her quotability. She says things that you would not expect such a pretty woman to say which I will not repeat on my blog. Check out this link and you will see. But the thing that I am primarily concerned with is the use of multimedia that accompanies this story. It is especially important to the story because one of the most newsworthy things about Fox is the fact that she is beautiful. She and a short list of other celebrities like Tom Welling and maybe Brad Pitt seem to be the epitome of near perfect human form. To show the reader this there is a slide show to accompany the story. If you didn’t know what she’s done in her career or what she looks like you’ll definitely see through this slide show of 18 pictures.
There is also a video featuring Fox about half-way down the page. The New York Times filmed her answering some interview questions. It's nice to see her actually answer the questions as opposed to just reading her answers. You get to hear her voice inflection and see her mannerisms. You can also see the fact that she is very self-conscious in front of a camera, an interesting thing when you consider just how beautiful she is.
The ability of web news stories to have videos and slide shows accompany the text is really where the internet eclipses the written word. Where the newspaper would not have the room to dedicate to 18 photos of a starlet, online does. And obviously a newspaper cannot feature videos. It's all about giving the valuable information and pleasing the eye. There is an element of choice about the online news that makes it appealing. Being a person who is interested in people and psychology, I immediately gravitate to people like Fox who are beautiful yet seem shy because of self-consciousness.