Status Threats: A Proud Hollywood Tradition

Jeff B. Cohen
Focus on things that matter to you because they matter to you, not because you can brag about them to strangers and frenemies in cyberspace.

Focus on things that matter to you because they matter to you, not because you can brag about them to strangers and frenemies in cyberspace.

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Comparison is the thief of joy.

—Theodore Roosevelt

The entertainment industry used to be somewhat unique in that success and failure was a very public affair. If your big-budget film bombed in its opening weekend, the cover of Variety would let everyone know first thing Monday morning. Conversely, if you hit the jackpot in the high-stakes renegotiation for your high-flying, award-winning series, the entertainment trade publications would discover and print those figures as well.

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