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Power, Gossip, and Celebrity: A Philosophical Dive

Dr. Jack Russell Weinstein, University of North Dakota

This episode of "Philosophical Currents" explores the shift in how society views celebrity, moving from the tangible power of aristocracy to the influential soft power of modern celebrities and royalty like Kate Middleton. Dr. Weinstein discusses the role of appearance, wealth, and societal norms in shaping public interest and the significant part gossip plays in linking personal and public spheres. The dialogue also addresses the human penchant for vicariously living through celebrities, the complex reactions to their triumphs and tribulations, and how gossip serves as both a tool for connection and a reflection of societal and gender dynamics.