Individuals, admired from a distance, are
"One of the most insidious transformations of our
social capital is the commercialization, in the form of celebrity news,
television dramas and the like, of intimate involvement in other people's lives
We are likely to know
more about the "private lives" - matters of
sex, family, and
health - of
celebrities than of our next-door neighbors.
These replace the caring
relationships and intimate knowledge of people
around us with voyeuristic glimpses into the lives of distant or fictitious
personages, temporarily assuaging the hunger
for intimacy and community .
Of course, this feeling of involvement
is an illusion; it is
a one-way involvement that can
therefore never be truly nourishing. It leaves the real need unmet, and
ultimately even stronger - a perfect recipe for addiction." - Charles
"I've been working with celebrities many, many
years. I've treated many for chemical dependency
and the like. They have profound childhood
trauma. It's not something to do with their job or the life they lead. They
just happen to be people driven to seek celebrity as a way to make
themselves feel better. The question becomes, why are we preoccupied with
this population? This points toward the mirror. We, too, have been increasingly
narcissistic. I speculate that that's
what drives us toward this phenomenon of elevating people to almost god-like
status. We're taking someone who needs to be a god and making them a god." -
David Drew Pinsky MD
"The field of media psychology
may be the study of a religion. The forces of media create the celebrity
gods we both adore and
hate. Celebrities create the means by which
we come to evaluate others. Celebrities provide the intellectual, and hedonic
manna that fills our senses and alternately crystallize or cloud our thoughts.
Celebrities inspire the dreams of our ambitions and the demons of our
nightmares. The media business' participants constitute a priest class that has
the power to move us and to shake us. They create the songs to be sung, the
instruments on which they are composed and performed, and designate who are to
be the performer demigods of the moment." - Stuart Fischoff To seek fame is to seek worship by the community. Humans, social
animals with large forebrains dedicated to increasing social skills through
deception, just want to be loved by the whole tribe.
To bask in communal
compassion is the ultimate goal of every celebrity. But there is a huge irony
in that a celebrity must appeal to everyman and everywoman to bask in that
fading glow of false worship. And that is a virtually impossible feat to
Ironically enough the more fame that an individual craves
the more they modify behavior by becoming demonstrative around others in the
hopes of garnering attention. Unfortunately this almost invariably backfires
for the individual causing them to sink deeper into self-focused narcissistic
ideation unless they garner the worship they so desperately
archetypical hero's mythical journey into the
psyche to wrestle and defeat fear the
archetypical hero returns to society bearing
enlightenment as a gift to everyone.
For the celebrity sharing the gift of enlightenment requires
sensational packaging in the media supermarket which always
includes coffered hair, tailored clothes and designer accessories - appropriate
Celebrities become devotional objects as
John Trump will always be triumphant - his name
guarantees it !
Martha Stewart emerged triumphant from
continually in crisis, always triumphs.
society has ever had as many celebrities
as modern America. An ever-growing segment of the economy is devoted to
designing, building and dressing the sets in which Americans
shop and play.
profess feeling closer bonds with and more passionate emotions about the lives
of celebrities than about their own primary relationships.
Schickel, in his book on celebrities
- Intimate Strangers, talks of sychophants having internalized their
chosen idol, subconsciously making them a
part of their consciousness. He is
describing a form of
communion - an adoption of traits admired through mimosis.
the deification as affection
apotheosized into worship, with fans making
pilgrimages to grave sites as
shrines, buying artifacts as relics and seeking exegesis of their lives
through books detailing celebrity lives as if they were
sacred texts like the Jesus
value of celebrity might exceed the
value of material assets.
Barbara Walters prefaced questions by
stating her obligation to ask them and listened to the answers in misty eyed
agony while emoting sympathy.
Larry King, always friendly never challenging, provided a public access
forum for celebrity as celebrities felt
secure enough to lower their guard.
When people say, as many did after
the death of Princess Diana, that they felt they had a "personal relationship"
with her, they invoked the same term that
neoevangelists use to
describe their relationship with God.
celebrity archetype addresses the
social fear existent in modern America:
the anxiety of losing one's identity
or never finding it at all;
the terror of having too little amid
the dread of continued anonymity;
the suspicion that
celebrities are lucky;
and the fear that we will never be
"Conformity is ensured by the
tendency to be sensitized to the expectations and
preferences of others." - David Reisman, sociologist
|" I'm here to promote and
promote and promote. Market, market, market. This is what I know how to do, and
I know that it pays off. Everyone is making it sound better than it is. Because
that is what marketing is all about." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger married Maria Shriver daughter of Sargent
Shriver and his wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
Peter Lawford married
Fred Dalton Thompson was counsel to a major Washington
law firm; an assistant United States attorney; minority counsel, Senate Select
Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities; special counsel to Tennessee
Governor Lamar Alexande; special counsel, Senate Committee on Foreign
Relations; special counsel, Senate Intelligence Committee; member, Tennessee
Appellate Court Nominating Commission; Senator from Tennesee.
won a House of Representatives seat
representing Palm Springs in 1992, and re-elected in 1996.
Grandy, gopher on the Love Boat television series, was elected to
a representative seat
representing Iowa four times.
Jesse Ventura, of World Wrestling
Federation fame, was elected govenor of Minnesota.
NBC foreign affairs
Reserve Chairman Alan
international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, married James Rubin,
former assistant secretary for public affairs and chief spokesman for the State
Bill Moyers served as deputy director of the Peace Corps
during the John F. Kennedy
administration and was later a special assistant to Lyndon Johnson from
1963-1965 before serving as Lyndon Johnson's press secretary from 1965-1967.
In 1968 Shirley Temple was appointed by
Nixon as a American
representative at the United Nations. Shirley Temple served as American
ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976, when she became American chief of
Bush appointed Shirley Temple ambassador to Czechoslovakia.
Stein, was a speechwriter and lawyer for
Nixon at the White House and then for
Sawyer was an assistant to Richard Nixon for
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