IELTS sample essay: Are artists more popular than scientists?

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Artists like writers, actors and singers grab more attention than scientists and inventors. Do you agree or disagree with this view?

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Model answer

Artists are everywhere. They provide entertainment and that makes them the darlings of the media. They are on the billboards, in the newspapers and on the television and internet. This constant visibility makes them popular with the masses. Is it true that artists grab more attention than scientists and inventors? Let’s examine.

Scientists and inventors contribute a lot more to the well-being of the society than artists. Technical innovations have considerably improved the quality of living. Breakthroughs in medical science have increased longevity. Almost all of the comforts that we enjoy today would not have been available without advancements in science and technology. This, however, doesn’t mean that the people who work behind these inventions and discoveries are household names. Except for a few like Edison or Einstein, most scientists are not well-known public figures. That is probably because they don’t have hyperactive PR agencies to keep them stay in the news. This under popularity might discourage several bright minds from pursuing a career in science and technology.

Artists, on the other hand, have to stay in the news. Their success is measured in terms of their visibility and popularity. Famous writers have no difficulty selling their books. In the same way, albums released by famous singers sell like hot cakes. Part of this popularity is a result of their conscious efforts to stay in the news. Most artists, for example, have hired public relations agencies. These PR companies work with the sole objective of making their clients popular.

After analyzing the situation, it is not hard to see that artists get more attention than scientists. It is not easy to say whether this is a positive trend or a negative trend. There is also nothing to claim that it is the over popularity of artists that makes scientists less popular. Arts and science are two distinct fields. One meets the necessities of man while the other provides entertainment. And entertainers tend to be popular everywhere simply because they help us forget the miseries of our existence.

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