The Cult of Celebrity

The Cult of Celebrity

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by Cooper Lawrence
     
 

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?

 

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599213354
Publisher:
Skirt!
Publication date:
01/12/2009
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 the new VH1 'Celebreality' TV show Confessions of a Teen Idol slated for 2009. Cooper hosts the nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Cooper Lawrence Show from Dial Global Cooper is a favorite guest of CNN Headline News's Showbiz Tonight, Fox News Channel, and The Tyra Banks Show as well as other shows including, The Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, The O'Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Hannity & Colmes, Fox & Friends, The Insider, and on E! Entertainment Television. She has been featured in print for the New York Post, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, IN STYLE, SELF, Parenting, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, OK! Magazine, US Weekly, Life & Style, Star Magazine, In Touch Weekly, The Huffington Post and CosmoGIRL!

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Cult of Celebrity 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
duncanwk More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible pop psychology. The author should go back to school and finish her PhD, she might learn something.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Meffect More than 1 year ago
My personal opinion of this book is that it would be awful but I haven't read it.
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Author-Loves-Reading-35 More than 1 year ago
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!