交流bubble:各地刮起寻星风潮

林国豪 报道 刊载于《星期5周报》

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近几年,各地刮起一股寻星风潮,不同类型的寻星活动越办越多,参赛者的年龄标准从原来的18岁也降到13岁。

各式各样的选拔,甄选不同才艺的年轻人加入演艺圈。在本地也有多达约12个不同主题的才艺选拔比赛,从起初”绝对Superstar”和”校园Superstar”,到2006年的”明星偶像”,”超级主持人”和”全民创意争霸赛”,以及在去年尾举办第一届的”爆笑新人王”和”非常Superband”等,林林总总,让人应接不暇。最近,第二届”校园Superstar”冠军又诞生了,虽然年纪小,但是他的家人和亲戚朋友却砸下逾万元来支持他,声势浩大。

这么多的寻星活动,难道只是年轻人展现才华的唯一管道吗?对于目前花样百出的选拔赛,众网友又是抱着怎样的心态来看待呢?

rayvolvez说,年轻人有梦想是好的,但是不要对那些不切实际的梦抱有太大的希望,否则失望将是越大。毕竟,脚踏实地还是较明智的。imperfection则说,各人有参加比赛的理由与动机。如果你要求回报,而知名度又正好是你所要拥有的,那你应该会获益不浅。

potchie表示身处在新加坡的我们应该现实,踏实些,不要奢望寻星选拔能帮助你成名。除非你真的很有把握能过关斩将,打败所有的参赛者,否则即使你能顺利打进赛内的20强,也始终会令你归回原点。

zincwork说,各自有不同的梦想与目标,只要是自己喜欢和抱有热忱的事物,不管有多么艰难,一切都还是值得的。

prsakura28则表示,参加这类型的比赛不一定只有负面的影响。其实,当第二系列的”校园Superstar”还未甄选时,身边有许多华语说得不是很流利的朋友,纷纷涌到各自的华文老师面前向他们请教如何纠正自己含糊不清的咬字。这也证明了,学生们会为了梦想而付出他们所有的一切,可称是豁出去了。

可助长浮躁风气

育林中学刘老师说:“中国有”超级女生”,新加坡有”校园Superstar”,这些节目主要是针对中学生。无疑,在这个科技时代学生的生活要充满激情,丰富充盈,让青春尽量飞扬。这种选秀活动可以让学生勇敢实践,积极进取,增强自信心,甚至使人们的身心得到了放松,因为这已经不是一个”死读书,读死书”的年代了。但是,实践的方式有很多种如:参加公益活动,野外露营活动,校园选秀活动这种大众娱乐方式是最适合学生的吗?不少学生笑着向媒体坦言,她们是逃课来报名参赛的。还有许多学生虽然对学习很抓紧,但又禁不住诱惑,只好边看书复习又边参与比赛。”

她也说:“这类活动可能助长青少年的浮躁风气,使他们梦想着一举成名,滋长投机取巧的心理,而缺乏脚踏实地的精神。这样会使今天的青少年认为一个切实的近期目标,比看不见的远大理想更有吸引力。”

实践才华的方式不止于选秀

家长邓慧说:“我认为选秀活动无可厚非。但是,针对校园学生的选秀活动却意义不大。尤其是近来这类活动的花样之多,次数之频,历时之久,范围之广,再加上媒体连篇累牍的报导,似乎使选秀一直成为学生们关注的焦点和追求的目标。这样,对应以学业为主及正处于成长发育过程中的孩子来讲,会滋长他们不切实际的明星梦的幻想,会疏于学业而产生负面影响。”

没有天份别浪费钱

务能中三曹文艺璟说:“我认为现在的学生拥有明星梦不完全是错的。因为有些人真的很有才能,不把擅长的技能和大家分享实在太可惜了。更何况,他们需要历尽千辛才能达到他们的梦想,这点是我觉得值得鼓励与赞赏的。反之,有的人没有天分及资本,还在那白白浪费金钱与精力,实在不值。是否该拥有明星梦是个值得深思的问题。”

趁年轻表现自己

华侨中三莫隽恒说:“现在的学生都有一种”年轻不留白”或”年轻就是本钱”的观念。而且在这样的年龄,年轻人也很希望能引人瞩目,所以就想通过参加寻星比赛来增加自己的知名度。借此同时,也能表现出自己所擅长的歌唱技能,可称得上是一箭双雕。”

收获比结果重要

中正总校中四曾瑾莹说:“参加寻星活动并不是完全浪费时间的。虽然说很多人不看好学生参加类似的节目甄选,只是为了要出风头,但是我们也不能管中窥豹地否定掉那些真正视舞台为梦想并且愿意为之拼搏付出的学生。也许他们并不能在一次两次的比赛中出位,但他们在比赛过程中学到的东西却比任何时候还多。对于他们的勇气与毅力,我永远都充满感动及支持。加油了。”

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瑶瑶:要怎么抱都可以 Yao Yao will do anything for charity!

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林国豪 报道 

来新送“抱抱”,郭书瑶(瑶瑶)直呼:“要怎么抱都可以!”

台湾“童颜巨乳”郭书瑶(瑶瑶)上周杀到本地,除了为新专辑《爱的抱抱》宣传造势, 也为新加坡防癌协会募款。

瑶瑶表示: “如果有机会,我希望能给那些病人一个拥抱,让他们感觉到温暖,怎么抱都可以。”

日前凭电视广告骤然蹿红,紧跟台湾及香港的宣传活动后,瑶瑶日前马不停蹄地杀到狮城,带着新专辑《爱的抱抱》和本地观众见面。活动会虽不见人头攒动,但对于目前的偶像的人气指数,支持者有话说。

第一位“抢抱”瑶瑶的陈祖琳说:“虽然她(瑶瑶)的支持者和其他艺人相比还有段距离,不过我觉得,她的用心将会得到更多人的注意,让她更加地红。”

据悉,瑶瑶的首张个人专辑在台湾问世后,勇夺了唱片销量冠军,击败了同期发片的实力派歌手陈奕迅及张韶涵,被疑有买榜之嫌,不过她坦然回应, “我不会伤心,当下还蛮惊讶的,因为粉丝原来那么支持我。”

瑶瑶的写真集分两个版本,一个是在台北取景,主题为“告别18岁拥抱纯情版”,另一个版本则是在日本冲绳拍摄,主题为“迎接19岁拥抱青春版”。Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 2.45.38 PM.png

Charisma in our daily lives

Lim Guohao

What is charisma? It is an imaginary superhuman aura, which was originally derived from the ancient Greek. It was first described as “the gift of grace or favour”. However, according to Rieff (2007), most people now regard charisma as a unique power or ability that celebrities, athletes, or even political leaders are equipped with. Not only that, this unique quality allows charismatic individuals to turn into objects of common attraction or appeal instantly, making people be attracted to them unknowingly.

By looking at the definitions mentioned earlier, they may seem to have a unifying theme. In contrast to this, Weber (1993) noted that, “it is not the presence or absence of charisma that is at issue, but different forms of charisma, or, differently stated, different types of claims to authority” (p.186). Taking Weber’s view into consideration, it is likely that not everyone is charismatic in the same way due to different contributing factors.

Firstly, with regards to the political arena, several political leaders are deemed to be charismatic. For example, America’s ex-president, Bill Clinton, had a flair for storytelling, which turned out to be an advantage for him, especially during the days when he was a governor. Boller (1994) stated that, “he had the gift of the true story teller, he could take the simplest event and, in retelling it, turn it into a saga complete with a plot and a moral, simply just by being himself” (p.383).

To illustrate, take the bombing that happened in 1995 at Oklahoma City as an example. Historically, people would protest against political officials when national crises arise. However, Clinton consoled and offered help to family members of the victims through his charismatic way of storytelling. Clinton assured the people with hope, and provided them with emotional comforts.

Through this, Clinton benefited greatly from the situation and garnered more support from his people. As demonstrated above, Clinton’s charisma can be likened to personal magnetic force that people cannot seem to resist; it was formed mainly with his ability to comfort his people through storytelling, especially during time of crises. However, charisma can appear in many other forms, the charismatic quality in Clinton is just one of the many.

In fact, research has shown that charisma is more of a subjective perception (Dubrin, 2000). Besides developing charisma through strong oratorical skills as observed through Clinton’s case, it can also be formed through extensive media coverage, a platform that provides large public attention. In the media industry, we often witness or experience the effects of the charismatic qualities that celebrities possess. Oprah Winfrey is a good example.Winfrey’sappearance on the television leaves a heartwarming and friendly impression on her viewers and instantly livens the atmosphere. Her power of influence can also be seen through her show’s high and loyal viewership. Winfrey’s talk-show co-host, Behar (2009) pointed out that Winfrey’s charisma “is an ability to make everyone feel like she cares — not just about humanity, but about them. She gives the impression that she knows you personally” (p. 143).

In other words, Winfrey is able to make her supporters gain trust in her easily. Her sincere care for others has developed a unique power to gather support easily. However, though Both Clinton and Winfrey’s charisma was built on the foundation of speech,Winfrey’s charisma was artificially produced by media publicity means, whereas the former was developed through real-life efforts. In short, the charismatic quality of different individual appears to exist in different degrees due to various contextual factors.

At this point, you might be wondering if charisma can only be found in people who are famous? Research has shown that ordinary people like us can possess charisma too. Givena recent study that Knauth (2008) has conducted with regards to religious activities has found out that, “young people hardly participate in each other’s religious gatherings, but if it happens they are most likely to participate in charismatic Christian community.” (p. 333) He further explained that this phenomenon could be due to positive experiences of the religion, or through the influence or persuasion by the charismatic youth leaders. The young leaders are able to assure and convince their peers on Christian ideals, in terms of the shaping of the individual’s moral values and their mindsets towards life.

Not only that, the young leaders are also believed to possess a power in them to make these Christian hopefuls to develop a special devotion for the religion, even before they actually join the Christian community. Thus, it is possible that ordinary people we meet in our daily lives are blessed with charisma too. Though partially motivated by peer pressure, the charismatic quality of these individuals will similarly produce the magnificent impact to others, just like what the celebrities or political leaders do. Furthermore, a rare discovery has shown that patients of Down syndrome were found to have “magnetic personalities that make others feel very comfortable to be around with them” (Ingersole, 2004, ¶ 4), given their positive attitude towards life. Down syndrome patients are always cheerful in their daily lives. They love interacting with people and greet them with warm hugs.

Thus, it is very likely that through these close interactions, a special charismatic trait has been formed in these patients and it will connect people together, without having them realizing. Besides, Smith (2004) also stated human being’s natural ability to sympathize often motivates individuals to get close to the charismatic patients, solely for altruistic purposes. Since charisma can be seen everywhere around us, it is very likely that ordinary people like you and me can possess charisma too.

As the world rapidly changes and social platforms get more advanced and easily available, people are believed to be more motivated to speak up, thus leading to an increasing level of interaction among them. Arising from such situations, we can possibly expect to witness a greater sense of cohesion amongst different social groups due to the different leadership and influence of charismatic individuals who are present in particular groups.