So long ago, I saw this music video on MTV, back when music videos were a thing. The song was called Cult of Personality and it was performed by a band called Living Colour. Through the magic of music streaming services, I can now listen to that song as write this. With a search string, “cult of personality lyrics”, I can find and read the lyrics and know what they meant in the song, and share them with others online.

That song was released in 1988 and it made a huge impression on me. I like that song because it reminds me of the power we give to celebrities, whether we intend to or not. And…