Role models: On your best behaviour?

Why are we so obsessed with role models for the young today? Does the new scrutiny of celebrities mark a lack of confidence in traditional sources of authority within education, politics and religion? Few would argue there is anything wrong with young people admiring adult heroes and heroines, but aren’t we setting the bar low by demanding pop stars, sportsmen and celebrities behave like on-message role models? Filmed at the Battle of Ideas, this debate tucks in to this popular fad.