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Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame
Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $10.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Persona in the internet age, November 24, 2012
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The first and major idea worth taking from this book is the concept of celebrities as personas. I thought this was very interesting, and it has completely changed the way I see not only famous people but even pairs who have received some kind of recognition.

When developing this concept through history the book drags a bit, it could have been shorter. But the chapter on internet and the way it has allowed everyone to experience something similar to being a celebrity is so interesting it paid for the whole book. Someone said in another review that the question of why we care about celebrities is not explained, but I thought it was well explained in that chapter. "What draws us to other people's fame is the hope of discovering a self that never dies." (I don't think I'm spoiling anything by quoting that since you have to read what comes before and after to fully understand it.)

A great read for people curious about the sociological aspect of fame and the way the concept is changing, even disappearing to leave place for something else.


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