Book Description for Celebrity & Entertainment Obsession:
“Our celebrity captivation seems out of proportion,” says Michael S. Levy, PhD, addiction expert and author of CELEBRITY & ENTERTAINMENT OBSESSION: Understanding Our Addiction
Dr. Levy wrote CELEBRITY & ENTERTAINMENT OBSESSION to shed light on why we as a society are obsessed with people who work in the entertainment field—movies and television in particular—but singers, musicians sports figures and people on reality TV as well. Dr. Levy, whose previous book, Take Control of Your Drinking…and You May Not Need to Quit, resonated with many people, finds it remarkable that people who work in the entertainment field get more recognition and adoration than a competent brain surgeon who saves people’s lives, or a pathologist who has made inroads in cancer treatment.
This wasn’t always the case. Sixty years ago, a Gallup Poll study showed that people who were most admired included Einstein, Winston Churchill, Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur. Not one entertainer, sports star or media personality made the list. Fast-forward to 2000 – 2009 and we have stars like Bono, Tiger Woods, and Denzel Washington making the list.
Dr. Levy can discuss society’s obsession with beauty, how our vulnerability to addiction, our need for idols and our voyeuristic predispositions all contribute to our celebrity obsession as well as:
• How the mass media controls our thinking, the nature of our social intercourse and interactions with each other and our preoccupation with celebrities
• How the media exploits our voyeurism and how our voyeurism serves as a form of distraction and amusement
• Why being entertained has become our primary preoccupation
• Why celebrities’ real-life, off-screen stories get more publicity than anything they have done in their careers
Dr. Levy laments that television news programs focus as much, if not more, on the lives of high-profile celebrities than about other more important issues of the day. He believes that our obsession with entertainers is something to be concerned about since we will have missed opportunities to learn from others who could provide us with valuable ideas and standards for our young people. While the entertainment machine has given us a quick fix to feel good, Dr. Levy asks: “is our obsession with celebrities the best use our time? What will be important to reflect on at the end of our lives: Will it be what we knew about some celebrity or might it be something else?”
I rated this book 4****’s
What a perfect book to justify our infatuation with celebrities
I love reading this book. What a perfect book to justify our infatuation with celebrities. It gives justice to the adoration we have for certain celebrities. I for one adore Dakota Johnson the stars of Fifty Shades Darker which will be shoot very soon.
I would go crazy if I meet her in person which explains in this book why I feel like that for her. She is not only beautiful but very humble and very good actress. Reading this book I acknowledge my adoration for her. This book will give you all the details and information why we adore certain celebrities, singers or the showbiz world.
I highly recommend this book and understands why paparazzi is so crazy about taking photos of celebrities. Why not get yourself a copy and learn how fascination is not a bad thing.
I received a paperback copy of the book for review. All my thoughts and opinions are 100% honestly mine.
Michael S. Levy, PhD is a clinical psychologist who is the director of substance use services at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Massachusetts. He also maintains a private practice in psychotherapy in Andover, Massachusetts and is a lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has often been interviewed on radio and television. Levy has published numerous articles and book chapters, gives many lectures and workshops, and is the author of one previous book, Take Control of Your Drinking…And You May Not Need to Quit.