Are we influenced by the media? It’s a question I’ve thought about for years.
Working in the business, I should be able to appreciate more than most the power the press holds to alter public opinion.
I believe it’s virtually impossible to avoid being affected by what you read in the papers, magazines and on the internet, what you hear on the radio and what you watch on TV.
Whether you can admit to it is another matter. Because it can be hard for us to accept that we are being swayed.
This week I’ve been fascinated by the huge attention the media has focussed on singer Lady Gaga’s supposed weight gain.
There’s been a bit of an obsession with her weight ever since she first shot to fame, with speculation that she may have had an eating disorder.
She did nothing to confirm or deny such rumours and now we’ve had rather unflattering pictures of her published that have highlighted a recent weight gain.
Gaga – who is certainly not shy when it comes to giving her point of view on many matters – decided to retaliate by posting pictures of herself on her website in just her underwear, clearly showing her svelte figure.
She then went on to declare that she did in fact suffer with eating disorders as a teenager.
She asked fans to join her ‘body revolution’, declaring that she’s happy with her figure no matter what her size.
Fantastic, good for her I say. However, surely her actions simply play into the hands of her critics and actually go against her declaration that she’s happy with her body?
If that was the case, then it would be logical to assume that she wouldn’t need to showcase, rather publicly, that she is still thin.
It also just goes to prove my point about the power and influence of the press. Because when push comes to shove, it doesn’t matter whether you’re little Miss Gobby Gibbs from Portsmouth or an international superstar like Lady Gaga.
What’s written about you and the photographs of you that are published clearly do count when it comes to people’s perceptions.