Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Celebrity & Entertainment Obsession by Michael S. Levy Review

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

• 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?”

Buy the book:  Amazon    Barnes & Noble

Author's Bio:

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.

Connect with the author:   Website   Twitter   Facebook

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My Review:
This is a book that takes a look at people and how we are as a society. It is not surprising that we want to know how people live. Especially those who we perceive as living the better life. The same is true every time I see an accident, and people stop to see what is going on. Curiosity is normal, and it is a great way to learn new things, however the old saying is true, and too much curiosity might get the cat killed. I liked that the author split up the book into different sections that could be read a little at a time. We also live in a time when news and information is all over the place. The web and television have definitely made it easier for people to find out about their favorite celebrity. Not to mention reality shows. The author has a PhD, and it was interesting to read a professional opinion. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

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