By Ellis Cashmore
In this attention-grabbing and topical newbies advisor, Ellis Cashmore explores the interesting factor of superstar tradition: its origins, its which means and its worldwide impact. protecting such assorted views as popularity dependancy, the ‘celebrification’ of politics and megastar fatigue, Cashmore analyzes the connection star has with commodification and the patron society, and investigates the recent media and the search for self-perfection.
Cashmore takes readers on a quest that visits the Hollywood movie of the early 20th century, the movie set of Cleopatra within the Seventies, the dressing room of Madonna within the Nineteen Eighties, the burial of Diana within the Nineties, and the large Brother condominium of the early 2000s. writer of Beckham and Tyson, Cashmore collects study, thought, and case reports en path as he explores the exciting factor of star tradition: its origins, its which means, and its worldwide impact.
Including reports of current literature, and an overview of key modern subject matters, this soaking up booklet skilfully explains why we've turn into so captivated through the lives and loves of the fame and, in so doing, provides the clearest, so much complete, wide-ranging, and obtainable account of famous person tradition to date.
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Extra resources for Celebrity Culture (Key Ideas)
By the time of the Star’s new beginning, our preoccupation with celebrities – in the sense we use the term today – was in full evidence. In particular, interest in the foibles and fallibilities of celebrities seemed to issue a personal demand to magazines such as the National Enquirer: “Show us how cosmetic surgery can go grotesquely wrong. How age corrodes the most sublime beauties. ” It was as if an entire culture had been redefined in personal terms, as seen through the eyes of celebrities.
She became Lady Diana Spencer in 1975, when her father became an earl. Returning to England after attending finishing school in Switzerland, Diana grew close to Prince Charles. They announced their engagement in February 1981 and married later in that year. The wedding ceremony was televised globally. Their first child, William, was born in 1982 and their second, Henry, or Harry as he was to become known, in 1984. Over the next eight years, interest in Diana spiraled upward. Already the most admired and, perhaps, accepted member of the royal family, she contrived to remain imperious while developing a common touch.
The whole point about celebrities is that there can never be too much information. There might not have been too much interest in Elizabeth Taylor’s underwear, or, if there was, it would in the 1960s have been regarded as prurient. But there was certainly major interest in her love affairs, especially the association with Burton. Today, no detail of a celebrity’s private life is privileged: to be a celebrity means to be willing to go public with the minutiae of what might, at another time in history, be known as a private life.