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Does social media prolong scandal?

By know everyone not living under a rock has heard about the Tiger Woods scandal; over and over and over again. We’ve all heard about the voicemail from his mistress, the vegas trips, and multiple women but thanks to the advancements in social media, the story has evolved into a target for spoofs and internet jokes:

Sadly it’s almost common place to hear about these stories with professional athletes, however the appeal of this one is that Tiger is such a private person who’s image involves being perfect. He’s the wealthiest athlete alive, and many argue he’s the greatest athlete (if you consider golf a sport, which I do) of all time. While ten years ago this still would’ve been big news because of Tiger’s innocent persona, the story would not have as much legs without the power of social media.  I have to think that the youtube videos, the blogs, the photoshopped emails will all keep this on the forefront of people’s minds for much longer than it normally would be without the extra digital attention.

It’s proven that the American public loves a good scandal so I do understand why digeratis feast on these types of stories. I’m not even questioning whether it’s right or not because I firmly believe that athletes and celebrities have a (limited) responsibility as role models. I just wonder if it were not flamed by social media outlets, would a story like this die out sooner?

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  1. December 7, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    I think Tiger Woods is one of the many celebrities that have faced this dilemma with media outlets, and even though many say get over the fact that these stories are not news worthy, the public loves to read them, I still cant get over how these stories shape the publics mind! wouldn’t the public rather see stories that don’t occur everyday? Having an affair should not be something to create buzz over or talk about and discuss on big networks. Its not something that is out of the ordinary, even though the public would like to hear these stories, the way they take over the networks, talk shows, etc.. just gets me worried! The story of Tiger Woods will continue for at least 2 more weeks and then occasionally appear in the “news”, and many might think this is created by the media so they could sell more stories, or generate more media coverage towards the person at stake (Tiger Woods), and many might say this is part of a marketing strategy, because whether we like it or not, the affair does not change Tiger’s ability to play golf or be the best at what he does. If this affected anything, it affected his overall image, but in no time this will be over. It sucks to know that a personal issue could affect someone this much, when it actually happens everyday and everywhere with “normal” people but no one sees it as news worthy?!

  2. Natasha Westbrook
    December 8, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    This type of news is getting old. According to the media, everyone is having an affair and it’s the public’s right to know whom with. However, it all blows over eventually but it would happen sooner if the social media outlets would just leave it be. Yes, most people are more interested with the gossip of the stars than other (actually important) issues. But why not leave the celebs alone and make America refocus on current events in the news- focus on that and leave Brad, Angelina, Tiger, Bruce, Demi, Brittany, and their spouses alone.

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