BillSeitz linked on the decline of conspicuous consumerism and the rise of celebrity culture.

It clearly seems to me, that this shift from obsession with inert stuff is actually towards an obsession with social relationships, but weirdly social relationships of others rather than your own. Consumers of celebrity are engaging in vicarious social connectivity. Admiring the connectivity of others from afar.

Celebrity gossip is therefore another kind of ConspiracyTheory (ie. the religion of NetoCracy) that's about watching and diagnosing the movements of a group of others.

I don't remember this obsession with celebrity being mentioned by Bard and Soderqvist but seems a good symptom of the ConsumTariat, the underclass of NetoCracy.

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