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Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over the World and Why We Need an Exit Strategy Paperback – International Edition, May 3, 2010

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"This hilarious romp through modern culture by the Guardian columnist highlights the bizarre reach of hollow fame these days... Shudder-inducingly funny." --The Big Issue

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About the Author

MARINA HYDE read English at Christ Church, Oxford, and started in journalism as a temporary secretary on the Sun's showbiz desk. She has worked at the Guardian since 2000, where her three weekly columns -- on sport, celebrity and politics -- have won her a reputation as one of the funniest and most admired journalists in the UK.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099532050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099532057
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Sheridan on June 2, 2010
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Celebrities who endorse a product or issue in the absence of qualifications to authenticate what they are promoting are simply combining the roles of whore-monger and hypocrite. This is the thesis of British journalist Marina Hyde, and she supports her views with considerable spunk and wit.

Everyone, of course, is entitled to their own opinion. BUT, no one can legitimately recommend such views to others without knowledge of both the substance and the consequences for others who follow such advice. AND, legitimate recommendation also requires that the promoter "walk the walk" as well as "talk the talk."

Behind the vast majority of celebrity endorsements however, there is no knowledge of either "the attributed benefits" or the "opportunity costs" involved in accepting such endorsements. "The only thing that celebrities are `raising awareness of' is themselves." And in many cases, what they are also seeking are lucrative business opportunities.

Sad to say though, celebrities are not alone in this charade. It is equally clueless to accept an endorsement from anyone not qualified to authenticate what is being promoted. No one with any good sense should accept an endorsement for anything from anyone whose acquaintance with the product or issue is based entirely on political correctness or a cheque-book. As Hyde says, " seems repetitive to restate that acting and politics are discrete career choices. As, indeed, are acting and civil engineering."

Is there an exit strategy from this silliness? Alas, celebrity status is a long-standing and well established "meme" of modern culture. Which means that the public itself will have to re-gain a portion of its good sense, and begin to discount celebrity endorsements as "just so much hype," if and when we are to appraise the credulity of such claims in the terms they deserve, namely completely nonsensical! Ms. Hyde herself is pessimistic.
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Everything said in this book should be obvious. An actor, singer, model, etc., that is to say an entertainer or celebrity, should stick to their field and leave the serious business to qualified individuals. They just look foolish when they try to stick their noses into politics, science, medicine. Don't do it.

Also, the media needs to accept some of the blame-- if not most-- for allowing these celebrities a platform for spouting their pretentious nonsense, such as the kind documented in this book.

The chapter entitled 'Celebrities and the Media' should be required reading for anyone in the press. I concur, and thank you for saying these things. If only the people targeted in this section would listen and change.

Best read in small doses, as it is one instance of a certain type of idiocy after another, followed by more of the same, and so on.
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