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Title
Fame junkies Fame junkies :
Type
Text
Subject
Subculture--United States.
Fans (Persons)--United States--Psychology.
Fame--Psychological aspects.
Celebrities--United States.
Language
English
Geographic Coverage
United States
Classification
LCC: HM646 .H35 2007 (Source: dlc)
DDC: 306.4/87 full (Assigner: dlc)
Identified By
Lccn: 2006011143
Summary
"For the past few years, Jake Halpern has reported on fame for NPR. This book chronicles his journey through the underbelly of Hollywood and launches a broad investigation of America's fascination with the lives of celebrities. Why are sales of magazines like US Weekly skyrocketing while news magazines are down? Why do seemingly normal, educated people pay attention to whom Paris Hilton is currently dating? Halpern visits those most stricken with the obsession: aspiring celebrities, Hollywood insiders, and die-hard fans. He also meets several high-profile celebrities, including The Edge from U2, Rod Stewart, director Ed Zwick, and numerous insiders who rarely grant interviews. He also gathers considerable psychological, sociological, and even biological research from experts about why we want to become famous, why we experience a high when we come in close contact with celebrities, and why fame changes not only celebrities but those closest to them.--From publisher description."--From source other than the Library of Congress
Table Of Contents
Introduction : hooked on fame
Going to fame school
Mobs of fame-starved children
Home for the famous and almost famous
The association of celebrity personal assistants
The desire to belong : why everyone wants to have dinner with Paris Hilton and 50 Cent
When reflected glory isn't enough : confessions of an upwardly-mobile celebrity "slave"
Monkeys, Us Weekly, and the power of social information
A choice of worship : Rod vs. God
Conclusion : some reflections from Hollywood's premiere retirement home.
Authorized Access Point
Halpern, Jake. Fame junkies