Mark Lynn Anderson


On his book Twilight of the Idols: Hollywood and the Human Sciences in 1920s America

Cover Interview of August 14, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“I am concerned with the society that made the late silent cinema in America possible.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“While liberal left critics in America today typically view celebrity culture as a burdensome popular distraction taking citizens away from the real political issues facing our world, I have written an elegy for a lost moment when mass cultural reception, particularly the reception of Hollywood stars, was a principal site of social involvement.”

On the second:

“We assist the dominant media in upholding the distinction between social discourse and entertainment by continually postulating a pathological audience incapable of adequate cultural discrimination.  Appreciating the difference between news and amusement is an important means of being normal in our society today.”