Smart Phones TV HolywoodSmart Phones TV Hollywood are popular subjects among teens these days.  Our last post was about teenagers and their use of smart phones and how they get them selves into trouble by posting content and videos of themselves that previously was only seen in the porn industry. This post is about another topic that is about what is influencing our teenagers and causing them to do some of these plainly stupid things.

We all got to see Charlie Sheen’s implosion and the silliness of his life with the goddesses. There have been numerous stars before him that have gone through the same sort of thing, all on the front page and carried across every TV network. It got to the point it was sickening. To top it off, Charlie Sheen was able to garner approximately three million twitter followers in 3 days which was previously unheard of. This is the tie in with the Smart Phones TV Hollywood.

Smart Phones TV Hollywood – Teenagers Following Charlie Sheen

Not only were teenagers following Charlie Sheen, some of my senior adult friends were also following him. I am not sure if he is such a freak and they had to watch this weirdness or they actually like the guy. Either way the smart phone has made it possible for people all over the world to stay in touch with their friends and their followings.

So is this a good thing. Charlie Sheen is not exactly a role model for our kids to follow. Yet it shows a few, very few people getting rich and making a name for themselves both on TV as well as online. How do we put this in perspective and what should we tell our kids about this entire ridiculous event?

Follow the Money

My wife and I have had numerous discussions about the entire Charlie Sheen affair and some of the other actresses that have exploded and then been able to recover. She has a very negative view of the actors, the industry and anyone who follows them. And I guess that is the point. If no one followed them they would not be famous and they would not get the attention, nor the money that comes their way as a result.

It used to be that talent brought great movies and TV shows and fame and fortune. Now today, there is more interest in notoriety which generates juge followings and money as well. Just look at Paris Hilton who gets paid to show up at a club or special event. Do you think she really wants to go to one of these things. Not really. But due to the fan base she now has, she can command huge sums of money every time she shows up at some event.

The Kardashians are the same and Charlie Sheen as demonstrated that he can do the same. Some of his concerts, if you can call them that, were sold out in 18 minutes. Unbelievable! That’s why he is doing this entire thing. Sure he is pissed at CBS and Chuck Lorrie. But the real reason is to generate such notoriety that he can command a huge sum of money for his tours as well as his show when he returns to Two and a Half Men!

The Smart Phone Connection

We digressed a little bit on this post to talk about Charlie. Well the connection is that he is all over Twitter and all over face book. Probably all over face book as well.  There are thousands of posts like this one talking about him. They are all available to our kids on their smart phones.

This is the new role model parents and they are glued to that thing at meals, on the bus, at school, and at night in their bedrooms. You cannot take it away. But I believe you have to talk to them, get them involved in family things. Make it fun and more interesting than the content on the phone to keep them from being swayed by the  latest smart phone craze!

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