Landon JonesMay 19, 2023
How America Evolved into a Culture of Fans and Followers
Beacon Press 2023
Writer and editor Landon (Lanny) Jones, a former PEOPLE magazine editor, reveals how the cult of celebrity has shaped our politics, culture, and personal lives. In Celebrity Nation: How America Evolved into a Culture of Fans and Followers (Beacon, 2023), Jones explores how and why fame no longer stems only from heroic achievements but from the number of social media likes and shares and what this change means for American culture. In analyzing the stories of over 75 celebrities, spanning decades and industries, Jones shows how celebrity has been wielded as a weapon of mass distraction to spawn narcissism, harm, and loneliness. Celebrity Nation reveals how the apparatus of fame operates and provides a personal, first-person perspective on an entity complicated further by the birth of the internet and social media.
Latoya Johnson is an editor, writer, and bibliophile with a master's in Humanities. Her research and writing interests include books and reading in popular culture, the public history of women's fiction, and women in Greco-Roman mythology.