Celebrity and Culture by Ellis Cashmore

By Ellis Cashmore

During this attention-grabbing and topical rookies advisor, Ellis Cashmore explores the interesting factor of megastar tradition: its origins, its which means and its international impression. masking such different views as reputation habit, the ‘celebrification’ of politics and star fatigue, Cashmore analyzes the connection megastar 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 condo of the early 2000s. writer of Beckham and Tyson, Cashmore collects study, thought, and case experiences en direction as he explores the exciting factor of famous person tradition: its origins, its that means, and its worldwide effect. together with studies of present literature, and an overview of key modern subject matters, this soaking up publication skilfully explains why we have now develop into so captivated by way of the lives and loves of the fame and, in so doing, offers the clearest, such a lot entire, wide-ranging, and available account of famous person tradition thus far.

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Elsewhere, a self-perpetuating mechanism was being developed. The National Enquirer and other tabloids with their relentless focus on the exploits of famous personalities were, as Neimark put it, reducing the scope of world events to individuals (1995: 84). We, in turn, became habituated to a softening of news in which entertainment – and I use this in its widest sense: anything that amuses or occupies us agreeably – became an increasingly large staple in our intellectual diets. Our interest in politics took on a personal focus, as we were drawn to politicians as much if not more than their politics – we will examine this in Chapter 11.

That wasn’t the case here, though the circumstances of Diana’s death certainly had the elements of opposition. ” The likes of Geppetti and Secchiaroli weren’t exactly welcomed by the stars of the 1960s, but they became parties to an initially uneasy accommodation, which later became symbiotic, benefiting both. A renowned exception was photojournalist Ron Galella’s near-obsessional pursuit of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Incensed by the ceaseless attention, Onassis secured a court order that prevented Galella encroaching on what she considered her private space.

Writing for Rolling Stone, Britney Spears offers the view: “Madonna was the first female pop star to take control of every aspect of her career and to take responsibility for creating her image, no matter how much flak she might get” (2004: 124). It’s a common observation, though one that misses the more important point that, in taking control of her own career, she needed the assistance of a media that had, by the end of the 1980s, become potent makers and breakers of careers. Hers could have finished prematurely in a comic shambles if her 1986 tale of a teen pregnancy “Papa don’t preach” had been dismissed as a contrived attempt to inflame conservative moralists and prompt further outrage.

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