Jeremy Clarkson, born on the 11th of April 1960, is an English broadcaster and writer who specialises in motoring. He writes weekly columns for ‘The Sunday Times’ and ‘The Sun’, but is better known for his role on the BBC TV show Top Gear, which won an International Emmy in 2005. Jeremy’s ‘World View’ is more related to ‘hedonism’ and ‘high-living’, which is the principle that you should do what makes you feel happy. Jeremy speaks his mind, and does not hesitate, or even take any notice if people take offence to his bold statements. Based on Jeremy’s life experiences, I believe that his world view is best fitted to the ‘PERSONAL EXPRESSION’ component of the 5 module Streng model. His world view is influenced by two aspects.
One his passion for motoring, and two his ability to make normal things in life more humours and joyful for himself and others. Jeremy does and says what ever he wants, regardless of consequences, and glides through life with the intention of gaining as much happiness as he can. In doing so, creates humour and entertaining instances. This can be seen through his entertaining articles and television shows. In many cases Jeremy has been criticised by the public on his outspoken views on such life subjects as, religions, race and sexuality that he incorporates through his passion for vehicles. Though this can sometimes cause offence, it brings a lighter side of life by using humour. Jeremy can take usually serious situations, and circumstances that affect the world’s values attitude and beliefs, and turn them around into comedic experiences, proving his preference to the ‘PERSONAL EXPRESSION’ world view. Though he gets constant criticism from people from the public, he still stands buy his values and beliefs.
An example of Jeremy’s bold actions, done for the pure enjoyment of it, is shown in an instance when he purchases a brand new car and then smashes it with a sledgehammer as soon as he purchases it from a local dealership. He described the vehicle as “Built with no soul, no flair, and no passion; like a washing machine or fridge” and “A piece of un-imaginative junk”. Jeremy also describes Porsches as looking like “Volkswagen Beetles”, and thinks they are useless and stupid. Jeremy has described General Motors, a division of Holden, as a “pensions and healthcare” company which sees the “Car making side of the business as an expensive loss-making nuisance”. And has described the Holden Astra as “One of my least favourite cars in the world. I’ve always hated it because I’ve always felt it was designed in a coffee break by people who couldn’t care less about cars” and “One of the worst chassis I’ve ever come across”.
These two instances provides evidence that Jeremy dose not do so much as try to change self-destructive habits into care and respect of others, as described by the ‘SOCIAL EXPRESSION’ world view. But more so, has a list of intense, dramatic, and uncanny experiences that purpose are for individual joy, as described by the view of ‘PERSONAL EXPRESSION’. Jeremy statements and actions all follow his beliefs that you should do anything that makes you happy. Although this has sometimes sparked major debate, due to his harsh references. On the 13th of November 2005.
Top Gear episode, a news segment featuring BMW’s Mini Concept from the Tokyo Motor Show was quoted as “quintessentially British” by fellow presenter Richard Hammond. Jeremy responded by mocking that they should build a car that is “quintessentially German.” He suggested indicators that displayed Hitler salutes, “a sat-nav that only goes to Poland” in reference to the Nazi invasion of Poland that marked the start of World War II in Europe, and “a fanbelt that will last a thousand years,” a reference to Adolph Hitler’s propaganda slogan of “the thousand-year Reich”. These statements drew negative attention in the British news media and from the German Government
. Other bold statements by Jeremy, that have caused major publicity include stating; “Austin Martin is now moving in the right direction, which is more that can be said for the worlds environmentalists”, “Whenever I’m suffering from Insomnia, I just look at a picture of a Toyota Camry and I’m straight off”, “A Renault Espace is probably the best of the people carriers. Not that that’s much to shout about. That’s like saying ‘Oh good, I’ve got syphilis, the best of the sexually transmitted diseases!’” All these instances in Jeremy life, strengthens the observation that Jeremy Clarkson’s fits best with the ‘PERSONAL EXPRESSION’ component, then other element of the Streng Model.
Through comments like these, and the help of Jeremy’s television shows, books and articles, Jeremy brings, joy, laughter, enjoyment and entertainment to millions of people around the world. He is not influenced by a good, or a holy presence, despite this, it has been proven that Jeremy best suits the view of ‘PERSONAL EXPRESSION’. The reason for this is because other views of the Streng Model do not suit Jeremy character.
Such as ‘THE PROBLEMATIC STATE’, in which Jeremy is not fazed by senses of weakness or worthlessness, described by ‘THE PROBLEMATIC STATE’. As well as not suiting ‘THE PROBLEMATIC STATE’, he also does not suit the ‘ULTIMATE REALITY’ component, as Jeremy is not described as ‘a loving presence’. Jeremy does not only contribute to human endeavour through entertainment, he also is heavily involved in charity work; as such he became a supporter of ‘Help for Heroes’ at the end of 2007, a charity aiming to raise money to provide better facilities to wounded British servicemen. Thus, although Jeremy Clarkson has many up-front and bold views on life, he does whatever makes him feel contented.