What Price Fame?
By (author) Tyler Cowen
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What Price Fame? by Tyler Cowen
Book DescriptionIn a world where more people know who Princess Di was than who their own senators are, where Graceland draws more visitors per year than the White House, and where Michael Jordan is an industry unto himself, fame and celebrity are central currencies. In this book, Tyler Cowen explores and elucidates the economics of fame. Fame motivates the talented and draws like-minded fans together. But it also may put profitability ahead of quality, visibility above subtlety, and privacy out of reach. The separation of fame and merit is one of the central dilemmas Cowen considers in his account of the modern market economy. he shows how fame is produced, outlines the principles that govern who becomes famous and why, and discusses whether fame-seeking behaviour harmonises individual and social interests or corrupts social discourse and degrades culture. Most pertinently, the author considers the implications of modern fame for creativity, privacy, and morality. Where critics from Plato to Allan Bloom have decried the quest for fame, Cowen takes a more pragmatic, optimistic view. He identifies the benefits of a fame-intensive society and makes a persuasive case that however bad fame may turn out to be for the famous, it is generally good for society and culture.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674008090
(202mm x 128mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Tyler Cowen
Modern Principles of Microeconomics, Paperback (May 2015)
Engaging authors, unbiased presentations of essential ideas, and a knack for revealing the 'invisible hand' of economics at work inform the thoroughly updated new edition of Modern Principles, drawing on a wealth of captivating applications to show readers how economics shed light on business, politics, world affairs, and everyday life.
Modern Principles of Economics, Paperback (March 2015)View all books by Tyler Cowen
Engaging and provocative writing, as well as a knack for revealing the 'invisible hand' of economics at work have made Cowen and Tabarrok's Modern Principles of Economics a singularly distinctive and effective textbook for the principles course.
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Author Biography - Tyler Cowen
Tyler Cowen is Professor of Economics at George Mason University.
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