Reading an interesting biography of the rock band U2 written by John Jobling. The singer of the band Bono has been heavily involved in political humanitarian work.
The book addresses a phenomenon called Celebrocracy. The world is run largely by appraisal.
We in the church would like to influence by individual examples.
In the Celebrocracy as Jobling talking about takes place through influence rather than a celebrity obsessed media. A few celebrities statements get a copious impact. Celebrocracy is a power institution.
A telling example mentioned in the book are from live 8 years 2005. Bob Geldof performs with a representative of an organization that works with humanitarian work 24 / 7. The Representative factual exposition of the complex problems ignored largely with silence. When his neighbor on the podium Bob makes some simple powerful "one liners" is the uncritical into newscasts and newspapers, and get a huge impact.
Forces of Celebocracy evident partly in the changed attitude to the definition of the concept of marriage and the right for same-sex couples to adopt. Celebrity statements have changed the values of millions in a short time.
In social media appears increasingly celebrities (artists, actors, bloggers, writers) short highly simplified "one-liners". They also think a major impact on the members of the Church.
We're supposed to ponder and then ask God and study the best books. A patient strenuous path to sound values. It is I think worth noting the differences.
Celebrocracy can also turn negative. Avi Steinberg takes in his new book about lds up an example of this.
"To be a fan of The Book of Mormon is to walk a lonesome road. You have almost no one to talk to. None of your friends have read the book. None have had it assigned in school ... It is not Merely socially acceptable to mock and dismiss it, it's a prerequisite for being taken seriously. "
Avi is a non-believer, but deeply fascinated by the LDS. I think he's right describes something that increasingly will become universal thanks to the power of Celebrocracy. When deep contemplation replaced with powerful simplifications will members of an even higher degree of non-believers to be painted as weak, naive and foolish.
Hope I'm wrong because it's a scary way.
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