Celebrity culture brings out the worst in us

By Damon Young
Updated April 23 2018 - 11:09pm, first published November 29 2014 - 8:05am

"The truly awful thing about celebrity culture," writes Clive James in Cultural Amnesia, "is how far it takes us back." An odd reflection, if you believe that the present is mad without precedent. Less so if you believe, like James, that the fracas of fame is familiarly Hobbesian.

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