The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America

Sure, modern celebrity has a different character than traditional heros and modern events are regularly planned, but is this really that different than the past when leaders were made into celebrities and every town had its best known members or the planning of major events on auspicious dates?

For me, not really.  While this book is a very interesting read and contains some interesting philosophical musings, I would not recommend it to just anyone, especially with its heavy reliance on early twentieth-century history (originally published in 1962).  If you are familiar with the ideas of a number of critics of modern society (including post-modernists, critics of today’s celebrity culture, and a variety of other individuals like Neil Postman), then you know the basic arguments of this book.  While the writing is easy to read and his ideas are thought-provoking, I feel that many of his conclusions are reactionary and simplistic.

Anyway, on to the next book …