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Essay 1: Comparative Analysis Often times, we are asked to compare two things that seem to have nothing in common. In the essay “Our Celebrities, Ourselves”, Gabler discusses what seems to be America’s obsession with celebrities and their day to day lives. He states that our society spends an abundance of time watching reality TV shows while also managing to keep tabs on celebrity gossip stories. Gabler suggests that we spend our time doing so because we find the drama of it all so thrilling and in a way it distracts us from our own unruly daily routines. Ray’s essay, “The Thematic Paradigm”, discusses how American cinema overcomes dichotomies by creating characters whose personas are made up of opposing traits, morals, and ideals. Ray uses the concept of ‘outlaw heroes’ and ‘official heroes’ as the foundation of his claim. He explains that ‘outlaw heroes’ are characters such as Jesse James and Huck Finn who prefer to take the law into their own hands, and in some cases resent written law all together. At first it appears that Robert B. Ray’s essay, “The Thematic Paradigm” and Neal Gabler’s essay, “Our Celebrities, Ourselves”, indeed have nothing in common with one another. However, after analyzing the two essays in relation to one another, it became clear that both authors address how our society relates to a form of media and why we as a society find that form of media appeasing. It is from this analyze that we can gain a better understanding of both essays. In “Our Celebrities, Ourselves”, Gabler proposes that our society enjoys watching celebrities and keeping up on intricate details of their lives not simply because they are
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  • Fall '08
  • LING
  • Writing, Reality television, Ozzy Osbourne, Neal Gabler, Sharon Osbourne, Thematic Paradigm

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