David Bowie and new UCLA research both focus on “Fame“.Â
“The rise of fame in preteen television may be one influence in the documented rise of narcissism in our culture,” said the study’s senior author, Patricia M. Greenfield, a UCLA distinguished professor of psychology and director of the Children’s Digital Media Center @ Los Angeles. “Popular television shows are part of the environment that causes the increased narcissism, but they also reflect the culture. They both reflect it and serve as a powerful socialization force for the next generation.”
How do you propose that we disentangle cause and effect here?Â Â An economist would say that we need an instrumental variable; so permit me to propose one.Â Â Â If there are rural communities that do not have fast Internet access and Cable TV access then among these communities, we could randomly select a subset to be the treatment group and “connect” these communities to the Hollywood Network and then send in the survey researchers to conduct baseline and 5 year later surveys in the treatment and control groups and conduct a “double difference” exercise to see if the 10 year olds in 2011 who would be 15 years old in 2016 who live in the Internet access areas are increasingly locked into Paris Hilton relative to their peers in the control areas and relative to 18 year olds who lived in the same treated areas before the treatment began.