Why are “entertainingly” gifted people and not intellectually gifted more celebrated?

When I see shows like the voice, American idol, reality television, TV shows, movies etc, I am glad people are getting a chance to do what they want and get rewarded for this, but what about other non-entertainment professions? I am not just talking about TV or films either, but entertainment in general (art, music, TV, plays, photographers, writing, dancing, sports etc). It seems like they all get there share of recognition whether its in a form of a Grammy, Oscar, Emmy, tony, espy, Pulitzer, award.Sometimes it feels like entertainment careers are the most fun and rewarding, and makes other careers look so dull and unrewarding. It makes it feel like even if you are intellectually gifted, (unless you make a groundbreaking invention, or become a millionaire) that its not important. There are no national rewards like the Oscars, or Grammies for "regular" people.For example I could be a great programmer or medical doctor and can make a descent living for myself, yet someone can just get into the music business and become a lot more appreciated. Sometimes this makes me feel like what's the point of doing something if it will never become recognized, or that will make me feel above average? Seems like I should just get into entertainment in some way to feel like I am in a "fun" career and do cool things.Sorry for the long winded essay... My main question is that although I realize that America is focused on entertainment endeavors and this is what the media focuses on (and there is nothing I can do to change that) does anyone have any advice on learning to not be affected by the bias in our country towards entertainment careers?

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4 Responses to “Why are “entertainingly” gifted people and not intellectually gifted more celebrated?”

  1. polychord says:

    You have very good thoughts, but you’re not totally right. If you work as a programmer or medical doctor, and you are really good professional, then you’ll be noticed. For example it’s a best time to be a developer. All those start ups, facebook, mobile apps and web services. They have “hackathons” – tournaments to detect best developer by creating something for 24 or even less hours. Doctors can write a dissertation or something like that, cure illness and get fame. But the fame that will be in narrow circles of professionals.Remember that if you are a professional, people will want to meet you. They will talk about you. And it will be because you are good. Not because someone is promoting you on television for 25 hours a day.

  2. fluctuating says:

    The general public is more interested in watching and participating in televised events, it’s entertainment, it’s big business. It’s profitable to many, many branches of the industry, including advertisers for many products; companys get rich when the masses are watching.There are Pulitzers for public service, history, fiction, poetry, editorials, etc, and the Nobel for physics, chemistry, literature, medicine, physiology and economic sciences; there are awards, ribbons and medals in the US Armed Forces, and in the US government, and the American Medical Association (Wolf Prize, Nobel Prize, Excellence in Medicine Awards, Wolf Prize in Medicine, Leibniz Award, Ernst Jung Award, Research Achievement Award, Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine, AMA Foundation Leadership Award etc), Social Sciences (RAISE etc) and in education and criminal justice, and virtually every field; but the interested audiences are smaller – but I get what you’re saying.Entertainment is glamorous, fast paced, high paying and exciting – there is no arguing that. It can also be heartbreaking, short-lived, cut-throat, exhausting and highly competitive. Audiences are fickle, very few aspiring entertainers/models make it in the business. But people love to be entertained.

  3. destressed says:

    I think you missed the sub-culture that is Elite Science, because they do all that too, and the big wigs in science, and IT get paid more than your average Rockstar/Moviestar/Sports-star, because only very few in Entertainment make big-money, most make above average money, and spend big-money, it’s why so many go bankrupt.They just don’t like to talk about it in public, to maintain a good level of privacy, to enjoy the money.But if you see how much money Dr’s make by getting published, winning awards(the most famous one, you know(Nobel Prize), but there’s plenty more), becoming a leader in their field, you’d be amazed.It’s just not flaunted like in entertainment. But entertainment is still a poor-cousin of the Science, and Business community.

  4. SHERRY says:

    Maybe you are watching the wrong shows. I don’t watch TV, but even I know who Dr. Phil and Doctor Oz are. Maybe you watch the grammy’s but there are the Nobel Peace Prize, and Pulitzer Prize is not for entertainment. There are TV stations that give 30 minutes every week to the achievements of the local students in their school district. Maybe you just watch the wrong shows.