The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History

Author: Leo Braudy
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by Top19   2017-11-16
Europe has a bad history with records misused to later pursue political enemies. The records the Germans used come to mind, but also things like the Staszi secret police in East Germany.

Interestingly, a lot of stuff that just “works” in America is dangerous when exported abroad. This is a strange sociological concept I only encountered recently, but one example is that the American conception of “fame”, dating back to PT Barnum‘s days, was an impetus for fascism in America. So something that’s “culturally safe” in the US due to our history and institutions can be dangerous when exported abroad.

For more information, check out the book “The Frenzy of Renown”.

The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History