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Inquiring minds

Survey of pop culture finds the roots of our obsession with lives of the rich and famous in 18th century

(Ellen Weinstein)
By Joshua Kendall
August 8, 2010

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In recent years, complaints about “end of civilization’’ moments — in which the international worship of celebrity induces profound angst about the future of humanity — have become commonplace. Perhaps you experienced one such moment last summer when Michael Jackson received something akin to a state funeral? If not, then certainly last month’s media coverage of LeBron James and “The ... (Full article: 958 words)

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