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America’s fast-growing religion is—let’s face it—celebrity worship. From gossip magazines to entertainment TV, from blogs to ads featuring famous faces, the stars are our new gods and goddesses. But why are we so quick to put them on pedestals? Why are we even more spellbound when they topple back down to earth?

 

The Cult of Celebrity is the first book to explore this phenomenon comprehensively and yet in eminently readable terms. In a compulsive read, Cooper Lawrence...

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Overview

America’s fast-growing religion is—let’s face it—celebrity worship. From gossip magazines to entertainment TV, from blogs to ads featuring famous faces, the stars are our new gods and goddesses. But why are we so quick to put them on pedestals? Why are we even more spellbound when they topple back down to earth?

 

The Cult of Celebrity is the first book to explore this phenomenon comprehensively and yet in eminently readable terms. In a compulsive read, Cooper Lawrence maps out the psychology behind the behavior of the stars—and that of the millions out there who follow their every move. She points both to the benefits and dangers not only to society but also to us personally; to our spending habits, health, social awareness, attitude toward personal failure and toward relationships, and above all, our self-image. And she offers practical tips on keeping our interest under control. Drawing on the latest research as well as interviews with fans and entertainment industry insiders, as well as celebrities themselves, The Cult of Celebrity is as accessible and sassy as it is thought-provoking.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781599213354
  • Publisher: skirt!
  • Publication date: 1/12/2009
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cooper Lawrence is an expert on celebrity culture and fame. With an M.A. in developmental psychology, years of research, and a doctorate near completion, she is the fame expert on VH1’s Confessions of a Teen Idol. Cooper hosts the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Cooper Lawrence Show from Dial Global, and is a television regular on CNN's Showbiz Tonight, The Tyra Banks Show, and the Fox News Channel. She is the author of four books, including the recently released The Cult of Perfection.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1: What is the Cult of Celebrity?

Chapter One:  Worshiping At The Altar Of In Touch Weekly

Chapter Two: Love, Hate, Awe—Our Perplexing Relationship with the Stars

Chapter Three: How Stars Are Created; The Machine

Part 2: The impact the Cult of Celebrity has on our lives

Chapter Four: 14 Minutes and Counting

Chapter Five: It’s Not a Generation Gap, It’s a Freakin’ Ravine

Chapter Six: Spending Habits

Chapter Seven: Health

Chapter Eight: Social Awareness and Responsibility

Chapter Nine: Attitude Toward Personal Failure

Chapter Ten: Attitude Toward Relationships

Chapter Eleven: Self-image

Chapter Twelve: Personal Lives

Conclusion

About The Author

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    Waste of time

    I can not believe this person got a book deal. A terrible book, which the writer poorly executed. Don't waste your time with this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Unadulterated Tripe

    Terrible pop psychology. The author should go back to school and finish her PhD, she might learn something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    My friend had recommended me this book. Books not to bad but unf

    My friend had recommended me this book. Books not to bad but unfortunately I feel like the sex scenes are to graphic. CAN YOU IMAGINE IF A TEENAGER GOT THERES HANDS ON THIS BOOK?

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    My personal opinion of this book is that it would be awful but I

    My personal opinion of this book is that it would be awful but I haven't read it.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    A MUST READ for anyone interested in Pop Psychology!

    Cooper has done her research and presents it in a thought provoking and entertaining way. If you are interested in the cult mentality of our celbrity obsessed society, I highly recommend reading this book. She delves into the notion that our society has made obsessing over celebrities a form of religion...better stated a form of cult. This book will make you think about our culture in a whole new way!

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