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Imitating Essay

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Many young people nowadays are imitating celebrities in sports and movies. In your opinion, is this good or bad? Support your point of view with reasons and examples from your own experience.

You should write 200-300 words.


If you ask a youngster, who is his or her role model then they might name a celebrity or a sports star. I believe there is a greater influence of celebrities in sports and movies on today’s youth. From my point of view, celebrities achievements and life struggle can have a positive impact on young people.

It is rightly said that “Every pro was once an amateur, every expert was once a beginner…”. The most followed celebrity had also started from very basic level. Such superstars have set positive role models for young people. Watching right programs and good movies help develop interests and hobbies in youngsters.

There are many celebrities who have set a good example for youngsters. Jackie Chan is one of the most famous Asian actors. Many young people imitate his actions and comic timing. He used to work as an extra in his initial days of struggle. The young people get to know about their effort and struggle in life through media which inspire them to maintain higher perspective in life.

Following the footsteps of famous sports stars, now parents too are encouraging their children to take active participation in sports even if they come from the humble background. Watching their favorite sports person playing hard to win the game inspire youngsters to work hard during their training period and won laurels for their country.

I believe imitating celebrities is good to an extent where it motivates young people to contribute more to the nation and do good for their-selves. To conclude, there are some celebrities in sports and movies whom can guide young people to right direction.


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(Bilbao, Spain, 1965). He holds degrees in Classical Philology and Law, as well as a Ph.D. in Philosophy and is a member of the Council of State (he was first of his year).

He has been the director of the Juan March Foundation since 2003. He received the prize Premio Nacional de Ensayo of 2004 for his debut work Imitación y experiencia [Imitation and experience](in its third edition by Pre-Textos, 2003, 2005 and 2010; and one paperback edition: Crítica, 2005). This study is part of a trilogy about the concept of "life experience", followed by Aquiles en el gineceo [Achilles in the gynaeceum](2 editions in Pre-Textos, 2007 and 2008) and completed with Ejemplaridad pública [Public exemplarity] (3 editions by Taurus, 2009-10). This last work has been also published in Latin America and translations of these works into English and Italian will be published shortly. Alongside this trilogy on ‘experience' there is a final monograph on ‘hope', which will be entitled Necesario pero imposible [Necessary but impossible], culmination of four volume plan labelled by the author ‘theorem of experience and hope'. Currently, Javier Gomá collaborates with the newspaper El País cultural supplement Babelia. He has also published, among others, in the following newspapers, journals and newspaper sections: El País, ABC, ABCD cultural, El Cultural, Claves de la Razón Práctica, Revista de Libros, La Razón, Revista de Occidente, Metrópolis, El Noticiero de la Ideas o Turia. His article "La majestad del símbolo" won the XIII FIES Journalism Prize. He has given conferences in many Spanish and Italian (Venice, Genoa and Catania) institutions. Between February and March 2009 he gave a tour of conferences in American universities as the first guest of the "Pensar en español" program.

In addition to these books, Gomá has also published two collections of essays - Ingenuidad aprendida [Learnednaïveté] (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2011), a book of seven essays that promote the project of recovering a "worldly philosophy"  [filosofía mundana] which, while tied to the present, seeks to be universal; and Todo a mil [Everything a thousand] (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2012), a collection of 33 "micro-essays" of roughly a thousand words each previously published in the literary supplement Babelia.  He has called Todo a mil a book written in installments like many 19th century works.

Javier Gomá recently commissioned and coordinated a series of lectures at the Juan March Foundation that he collected and introduced in Ganarse la vida en el arte, la literatura y la música [Making a living in art, literature and music] (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2012).  The title for the book is taken from one of Gomá's essays in which he uses the phrase "earning a living" as a way of saying we must all earn our position in the world, that it is not given to us, and that a productive way to view cultural history would be to examine the ways in which artists have made their living (supported by benefactors, wealthy patrons, inheritance or wage labor - among others) and how their identification with or rejection of those means has influenced their work.6

Imitación y experiencia [Imitation and experience], Javier Gomá's first book, brought immediate recognition in the form of the Spanish National Literature Award for Non-fiction in 2004.  Prior to that, in 2001, he had received the Thirteenth Annual Award in Journalism of the Spanish Institutional Foundation (FIES) for his article La majestad del símbolo [The majesty of the symbol].  More recently, in 2011, he was honored with the award for outstanding work in cultural journalism, and award jointly sponsored by ABC Cultural (the cultural supplement to the newspaper ABC) and Ámbito Cultural (cultural activities sponsored El Corte Inglés).

Javier Gomá has lectured on subjects related to his works at a great many Spanish institutions, as well as at universities in the United States, Italy, Chile and Argentina.  He has also given lectures and written essays and articles on the foundation sector.