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Thus, the celebrity culture also affects us in a positive way.

While some celebrity culture and media is merely used as a form of entertainment, some people take the worship of celebs as cult-like-devotion. Cancel culture and celebrity worship “Cancel culture” is an alleged pattern in progressive spaces, wherein people boycott the work of someone who is said to have done something problematic. The culture of celebrity, biographer Gabler emphasizes, has been able to "bind an increasingly diverse, mobile, and atomized nation until it became, in many respects, America's dominant ethos." This type of celebrity worship involves harmless behaviors such as reading and learning about a celebrity.

In other words, one can often observe religious-like worship towards items of popular culture, including popular figures. "When a celebrity passes, the loss is personal -- not because we knew the celebrity but because they were with us as we grew up and as we had our own special moments," he said.

Intense personal attitudes towards celebrities, however, reflect traits of neuroticism. We appreciate talented musicians and actors for helping us to get in touch with our emotions. The rest of the world just worships America, but as it would be narcissistic to worship ourselves, and nobody else is better than us, we have to worship our elites. Famous names and famous faces sell us products, push social change and tell us whom to …

This spike in our collective obsession has reached a point that I believe is entirely unhealthy for the fabric of our society. Celebrities consume us more than they ever have before.

Continued The Science of Hero Worship . The theory behind how and why we come to worship celebrities (and why some of us are more affected than others) … Pop Culture / Celebrity Worship Andy Warhol has been attributed to the saying – “In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.” We see this playing out in today’s society with more TV programming than ever before. At times, we are motivated to do a good deed, just because our favorite celebrity is supporting a cause. For a mainstream perspective on cancel culture, I suggest The New York Times , and for a perspective more critical of the concept, I suggest The New Republic . Celebrity Worship And The American Mind 01/09/2017 05:36 pm ET Updated Jan 06, 2018 We, as the viewing audience, are drawn to celebrities and famous people in ways we are not even aware. There is a hierarchy of celebrity culture and celebrity worship that serves different purposes within our meaning making.

The rise of celebrity culture did not happen by itself. Today, celebrity rules our world. The theory behind how and why we come to worship celebrities (and why some of us are more affected than others) is a pop-culture question almost as old as pop culture itself. Because they are seen as elites. Never has America been so obsessed with the "celebrity" concept, or with celebrities as personalities. Celebrity Worship provides an introduction to the fascinating study of celebrity culture and religion.