Movie star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is highly critical of fame and social media, but who isn’t these days. The difference is that Gordon-Levitt compares it all to a form of pornography. He made these comments in an interview with the Independent.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was born into a secular Jewish family in Los Angeles. At just the age of 13, he already had a lead role in the movie “Angels in the Outfield.”
The one time child star got his start acting opposite some of the biggest names in Hollywood like Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore who played his mother in “The Juror.” Then, as a teen, he made his mark on the hot 90’s sitcom “3d Rock from the Sun” where he starred opposite John Lithgow and Jane Curtain.
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When he was just 14 years old and getting his start, a reporter once asked why Joseph Gordon-Levitt seemed unhappy. He answered the reporter saying, “I think this [celebrity] is all pornography.” He answered. Gordon Levitt explained that by this he meant that fame is objectifying in the way that pornography is objectifying to the people in pornography. That is quite an insightful thing for a 14 year old to say.
He went on to tell The Independent, “Media has more overlap with pornography than we might care to admit. Social media is all very pornographic.” Joseph-Gordon Levitt went on to explain that he means that these things – like fame – hit the emotional centers and not the thinking part of the brin. So, like pornography, all social media is meant to give their users a quick thrill. And this fact is certainly not lost on the operators of Facebook and Instagram who understand how their “crawls” keep users fixated on their content, thereby making them more money.
“They’re not aimed at your cerebral cortex,” he added, “not aimed at your slower-thinking muscles. They’re aimed at your quick primal emotions because that’s what will keep you hooked and that’s what will allow the platform to serve you more ads and make more money.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was most recently seen in the television mini-series “Super Pumped,” in which he played the founder of Uber, Travis Kalanick. Unfortunately for Joseph him, the critics did not like the show. And, according to Rotten Tomatoes, the viewers like it even less.
And before that he starred in his own show “Mr. Corman,” which he created, wrote and directed. That show was not well love either and after airing for just one season on Apple Plus it got cancelled. That cancelation must have hurt Joseph Gordon-Levitt even more than the cool reception to Super Pumped since it was his personal projects. Also, the show about Uber was meant to be a mini-series and Mr. Corman could have run for many seasons if only people had liked it more.
Joseph Gordon Levitt can next be seen – or at least heard – in yet another adaptation of Pinocchio. In a film due out in September that stars Tom Hanks and Lorraine Bracco, he will be the voice of Jiminy Cricket.