Reality TV. Celebutantes. YouTube. Sex Tapes. Gossip Blogs. Drunk Driving. Tabloids. Drug Overdoses. Is this entertainment? Why do we keep watching? What does it mean for our kids? In the last decade, the face of entertainment has changed radically - and dangerously, as addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky and business and entertainment expert Dr. S. Mark Young argue in this eye-opening new book. The host of VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and of the long-running radio show Loveline, Pinsky recently teamed with Young to conduct the first-ever study of narcissism among celebrities. In the process, they discovered that a high proportion of stars suffer from traits associated with clinical narcissism - including vanity, exhibitionism, entitlement, exploitativeness, self-sufficiency, authority, and superiority. Now, in The Mirror Effect, they explore how these stars, and the media, are modeling such behavior for public consumption - and how the rest of us, especially young people, are mirroring these dangerous traits in our own behavior. And it explores how YouTube, online social networks, and personal blogs offer the temptations and dangers of instant celebrity to the most vulnerable among us. Informed and provocative, with the warm and empathetic perspective that has won Dr. Drew Pinsky legions of fans, The Mirror Effect raises important questions about our changing culture - and provides insights for parents, young people, and anyone who wonders what celebrity culture is doing to America.More
In The Mirror Effect, a book-length essay by Dr. Drew Pinsky, the good doctor states a simple and uncontroversial truth: Young celebrities are often plagued by self-destructive narcissism. His next thesis gets more interesting: The culture of YouTube and social networking sites has brought the soul-wrecking stuff of celebrities’ lives - exhibitionism, instant feedback, etc. - straight into every kid’s living room.
Kindly and modestly performed by Pinsky - or "Dr. Drew" to his millions of fans - The Mirror Effect may prove a wake-up call to a young person inappropriately enthralled to today’s newest falling star. Dr. Drew - board-certified internist and addiction specialist - has read the gossip tabloids and websites so you don’t have to.
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Excellent book-if only people will listen...
- GermCrazy "I like books about business, self-improvement & memoirs with the occasional fiction book thrown in, especially horror & mystery."
Pretty good book