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The Resource Celebrity and entertainment obsession : understanding our addiction, Michael S. Levy

Celebrity and entertainment obsession : understanding our addiction, Michael S. Levy

Label
Celebrity and entertainment obsession : understanding our addiction
Title
Celebrity and entertainment obsession
Title remainder
understanding our addiction
Statement of responsibility
Michael S. Levy
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Celebrity culture surrounds us. We are inundated with information about actors and actresses, athletes, musicians, and others who have become famous or infamous. Although we never will likely meet or get to know them, our interest in them seems boundless. We are literally obsessed with being entertained as well as with the people who entertain us. Who our celebrities are has also shifted; in the past, celebrity status was bestowed on men and women of great accomplishment, those who had given the world something to be proud of and to celebrate. Conversely, today's celebrities are generally people involved in entertainment--from TV newscasters to people who appear on reality television programs, as well as some who are simply famous for being famous. What remains an enigma is why we, as a society, are so infatuated with being entertained, as well as with those who entertain us and appear in the media. This book makes sense of this spectacle by explaining the reasons for this obsession from a psychological, social, and historical perspective. It suggests that we have become addicted in much the same way that a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol. Finally, the author offers his observations on how to free our minds from this captivation. Anyone interested in understanding more about our need to live vicariously through the rich and famous will find answers in this book
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Levy, Michael S.
Index
index present
LC call number
HM621
LC item number
.L488 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Celebrities
  • Fans (Persons)
  • Fame
Label
Celebrity and entertainment obsession : understanding our addiction, Michael S. Levy
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The human species -- Entertainment and novelty -- The irresistibility of beauty -- Sociability -- An addictive vulnerability -- Our need for idols -- Self-esteem -- The social scene -- Alienation and isolation -- What makes us feel good? -- Mass media -- The perfect storm -- Entertainment addiction -- Entertainment as life fulfillment -- Transformation and obsession -- They got what I want -- Voyeurism exploited -- Epilogue -- References -- Index -- About the author
Control code
904335881
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 233 pages
Isbn
9781442243125
Lccn
2015006197
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40025216645
System control number
(OCoLC)904335881
Label
Celebrity and entertainment obsession : understanding our addiction, Michael S. Levy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The human species -- Entertainment and novelty -- The irresistibility of beauty -- Sociability -- An addictive vulnerability -- Our need for idols -- Self-esteem -- The social scene -- Alienation and isolation -- What makes us feel good? -- Mass media -- The perfect storm -- Entertainment addiction -- Entertainment as life fulfillment -- Transformation and obsession -- They got what I want -- Voyeurism exploited -- Epilogue -- References -- Index -- About the author
Control code
904335881
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 233 pages
Isbn
9781442243125
Lccn
2015006197
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40025216645
System control number
(OCoLC)904335881

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