Why Fame Can Be a Nightmare

April 16, 2021

Self-annihilation is a constituent part of many celebrity careers. While some actors or singers slide smoothly from one success to another, hardly pausing for the occasional misadventure, others are ruined, occasionally by others but much more usually by their own devices. Frankie Lymon’s...

There Is No Escaping Coronavirus Advice from Celebs

April 11, 2020

“Once Upon a Time in the World” is a story set in a parallel universe in which the world has been gripped by a ghastly virus that threatens to decimate planet Earth’s population. All humans can do in this universe is hide themselves away from the deadly infective agent that attaches itself...

Why Do We Forgive Liam Neeson?

February 05, 2019

We simply don’t have enough time, energy or incentive to investigate the thoughts and behavior of people we admire. I’m not sure why I still remember this so clearly, but I do. In the late 1970s, while a student in Toronto, one of my professors, Gregory Baum, announced to a social theory...

What Explains Our Fascination with Celebrities?

August 18, 2018

We are social beings who need close supportive contact with others for both psychological and physical health. Interest in celebrities, as part of a broader preoccupation with the culture of entertainment, has infiltrated almost every aspect of life in modern society. Although interest in...

The Pornification of Popular Culture

July 20, 2013

Is the fast-food culture of disposable entertainment in need of saving? It's difficult at times not to suspect that American popular culture aspires to the condition of pornography. Either that, or it's got a serious crush on smut. Turn on the television, if you dare, and you're assaulted by...