The scope of Gabler's investigation extends far beyond the movies to publishing, television news, paint brands, fashion--anything that seems to have been transformed by the national passion for low-brow entertainment. Along the way, Gabler raises a series of intriguing questions: Why do some people feel more passionately about celebrities than about their own loved ones? Why is Donald Trump a celebrity? Why was the broadcast of the 1996 Olympics packed with so many biopics that the sporting events seemed afterthoughts? Why does Ralph Lauren call the blue paint he sells "Lap Pool Blue"?
Movies promote the fantasy that there are simple narrative solutions for all of life's problems. Movies are full of sex, scandal, gossip, and action. If our lives were movies, they would be more full of what Zsa Zsa Gabor once called "enchanting make-believe." In this book, Gabler demonstrates how this fantasy has shaped our society. --Jill Marquis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I highly recommend this book. Have you wondered how the entertainment world of "make-believe" conquered REAL LIFE? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Beverly Enderlein
Fresh air for the person who sometimes thinks, is it me, or is something askew almost everywhere I look? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Francois
It a bit outdated now, but it has all the elements necessary to understand the entertainment culture. Should be read and reflected upon.Published 21 months ago by Roger Barnett
Wish it was on audio that i can listen to it and read it at the same time but this semester is going to be long hard semester.Published on January 31, 2013 by Theran Booth
I have little to add to the other good reviews, only that I give it 5 stars, for the entertainment value, the good research and the interesting argument he keeps up, that life,... Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by Martijn13Maart1970
Some books cause double takes. They thrust reality into a whiplash for which the only sane reaction remains re-evaluation. Read morePublished on November 27, 2011 by ewomack
This short book is jammed packed with great ideas and beautifully coined phrases. Neal Gabler has synthesized an analysis of how entertainment has influenced our lives. Read morePublished on March 10, 2010 by Karl J. Hanson
Gabler lays out his controversial opinions about culture in America very clearly in this book. You may disagree or agree with him, but the book is worth reading either way. Read morePublished on September 19, 2005 by Paul J.
Gabler has written about an age where collective narcissism finds its outlet in a culture where cinema represents our highest reality, where the movie screen projects all our... Read morePublished on September 11, 2005 by M. JEFFREY MCMAHON