Carol Craig is the Centre's Chief Executive. She is author of The Scots' Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Young People, The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow and The Great Takeover: How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives. She is Commissioning editor for the Postcards from Scotland series. Carol blogs on confidence, well-being, inequality, every day life and some of the great challenges of our time. The views she expresses are her own unless she specifically states that they reflect the Centre's thinking.
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In the past few years I often use talks to warn people of the dangers of media and advertising and how consumerism, celebrity culture and television watching are undermining well-being. I've been aware that if I say this around tv or radio journalists they really don't like it. Indeed if I say this on-air they always manage to get in something about how their programme is different. Indeed given the power and influence of the media, and the fact that they don't want people to hear this message alarms me as, like it or not, it is a major way people get information.
So I was delighted when I was contacted recently by indepedent film maker Chris Atkins who was making a feature length documentary called Starsuckers on advertising, celebrity culture and some of the more sinister aspects of the media. They were particularly interested in how advertising might be influencing young people and so were interested in some of my recent comments on the rise of individualism and narcissism in the USA and how we are now headed in the same direction.
The film is now being shown in various venues in the UK and is receiving some very powerful, favourable reviews. Info on the film and where it is being screened is available here. Don't miss it as it is one of the few places on the media that you are likely to hear these ideas. Given our interest in this agenda the Centre may organise its own screening.
For Scottish readers, the film is on at the Filmhouse Edinburgh from the 20th -25th November with a QandA with the director on the 21st.
Edencourt Inverness is showing the film on the 23rd January 2010.