The Cult of Personality

Genghis Khan. Paul Revere. Martin Luther King Jr. There are certain personalities throughout history who seem to be larger than life—enough so that we continue to talk about them sometimes well after their passing. What lives on is their philosophy.
There seem to be fewer grandiose, larger-than-life figures in today’s world, perhaps because we have more access to our celebrities—making them seem more human. And we have more celebrities than ever because of reality television, YouTube, and other common formats.
The cult of personality still applies to today’s celebrities, but the power is relative to ...

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