Ken Auletta has written the “Annals of Communications” column for The New Yorker since 1992. He is the author of ten books, including Backstory, Three Blind Mice, Greed and Glory on Wall Street, and World War 3.0. He lives in New York City.
The cliché is that we live in an age of celebrity—where even our current president is revered more for the role each of us projects on him (Avatar of racial progress? Pioneer of multiculturalism?