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An Undeserved Altar: Our society and its celebrities

Paul Hollander

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A recent article in The New Yorker chronicled the Paris visit of Puff Daddy (Sean Combs), the renowned rap singer and fashion entrepreneur. It was written by a reporter who accompanied him, providing a detailed account of virtually every moment of the four-day trip. 

The article also noted (without a hint of disapproval) that his "career has been punctuated by violence... In 1999 he and two others were arrested for beating a rival record-company executive... [he] was [also] involved in an incident at a Manhattan night club in which three people were shot."

The elevation of Puff Daddy to celebrity status illustrates a phenomenon that will one day be of interest to social historians seeking to understand the sources and manifestations of American cultural decline in the late 20th and early 21st century. It may be argued that the rise and veneration of celebrities has been a characteristic expression of this decline.

Read the entire article on The National Review Online website.



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