Thursday, 11 May 2017

THINK ABOUT IT #25: Christine Rosen

If, in the twentieth century, 'character' gave way to 'personality'… then in the twenty-first century 'personality' exists only if it is broadcast, rated, praised and consumed by as many people as possible — put on display for strangers as well as intimates.  In addition, the overpraised American personality expects regularly to assess the worth of others, regardless of his qualifications for doing so:  instant polling, telephone surveys that follow even the most mundane business transaction, voting on television shows such as American Idol, ratings on websites such as and eBay that rank buyers, sellers, and even rate the raters all give the overpraised American a perpetual reminder of his own supposed control over the success of others.

The Overpraised American: Christopher Lasch's 'The Culture of Narcissism' Revisited  
[Policy Review #133, 1 October 2005.]

Click HERE to read the full 2005 article by CHRISTINE ROSEN on the website of The Hoover Institution, a library and research organization based at California's Stanford University which 'seeks to secure and safeguard peace, improve the human condition, and limit government intrusion into the lives of individuals.'  (And I wish them the very best of luck with that in a world as destructive, corrupt and paranoid as this one has been for the past 2000+ years.)

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