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Welcome one and all to Professor Metal's Irate Debate and Calamitous Commentary with the Philosophical Chain Gang Today's Episode is Popular Tragedy: Do Celebrities Ever Really Die? The Philosophers discuss what we mean when we talk about popular tragedy Sean brings up a situation in which a group of people seem to revel in a tragic event Ryver questions why we care about tragic events in the lives of people we have never met Bruce and Sean present a possibility as to why we react to events in celebrities lives Ryver explains how these ideas pertain to celebrity culture The Philosophers talk about how our minds react to celebrities and how that affects us Sean and Bruce elaborate on how this creates a slightly awkward dynamic in interactions between celebrities and their fans Ryver discusses how this relates to our obsession with tragic events in celebrity's lives Sean compares the way we treat death of celebrities and the historical deaths of monarchs Ryver and Sean talk about the saturation of the media when it comes to popular tragedy The Philosophers compare the cult of personality of deceased celebrities to the idea of deification surrounding certain historical figures Sean brings up the negative reputations that can be left behind by these figures The Philosophers speak extensively about the different legacies that celebrities leave behind, as well as the legacy of figures that refuse to fit the mould, such as Kurt Cobain Ryver talks about depression and suicide and how this relates to the topics discussed thus far Sean and Bruce expand on how this can bring to the forefront in the popular perception things that people may otherwise not be inclined to put thought into Ryver and Sean debate whether or not this has to do with what we are comfortable looking at in our day to day lives Bruce explains what he refers to as concern fatigue Sean talks about how some of these ideas apply to the literary concept of tragedy The Philosophers discuss the problems and appeal of tabloid magazines Bruce points out the hypocrisy in our treatment of celebrities Ryver talks about appeal of the positive events in our interactions with celebrity culture Sean explain the concept of exceptionalism   And as always please give us your honest review on iTunes and Stitcher. It helps us make the show better with every one we get to read. Help keep the show going and the moon safe by supporting us on Patreon Help keep us from disappearing by engaging us on the social media platform of your choice:

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