What Price Fame? / Edition 1

What Price Fame? / Edition 1

by Tyler Cowen
ISBN-10:
067400809X
ISBN-13:
9780674008090
Pub. Date:
03/08/2002
Publisher:
Harvard

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What Price Fame? / Edition 1

In a world where more people know who Princess Di was than who their own senators are, where Graceland draws more visitors per year than the White House, and where Michael Jordan is an industry unto himself, fame and celebrity are central currencies. In this intriguing book, Tyler Cowen explores and elucidates the economics of fame.

Fame motivates the talented and draws like-minded fans together. But it also may put profitability ahead of quality, visibility above subtlety, and privacy out of reach. The separation of fame and merit is one of the central dilemmas Cowen considers in his account of the modern market economy. He shows how fame is produced, outlines the principles that govern who becomes famous and why, and discusses whether fame-seeking behavior harmonizes individual and social interests or corrupts social discourse and degrades culture.

Most pertinently, Cowen considers the implications of modern fame for creativity, privacy, and morality. Where critics from Plato to Allan Bloom have decried the quest for fame, Cowen takes a more pragmatic, optimistic view. He identifies the benefits of a fame-intensive society and makes a persuasive case that however bad fame may turn out to be for the famous, it is generally good for society and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674008090
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/08/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.93(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Intensity of Fame in Modern Society

2. Why Fame Is Separated from Merit

3. The New Heroes and Role Models

4. The Test of Time

5. The Proliferation of Fame

6. The Dark Side of Fame

7. Lessons for the Future

Notes

References

Acknowledgments

Index

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