By Ellis Cashmore
In this interesting and topical newbies advisor, Ellis Cashmore explores the fascinating factor of superstar tradition: its origins, its that means and its worldwide effect. protecting such different views as status habit, the ‘celebrification’ of politics and superstar fatigue, Cashmore analyzes the connection superstar 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 Nineteen Seventies, the dressing room of Madonna within the Eighties, the burial of Diana within the Nineteen Nineties, and the large Brother condo of the early 2000s. writer of Beckham and Tyson, Cashmore collects learn, idea, and case reports en direction as he explores the exciting factor of famous person tradition: its origins, its that means, and its international effect.
Including studies of present literature, and an summary of key modern subject matters, this soaking up ebook skilfully explains why we have now turn into so captivated via the lives and loves of the fame and, in so doing, provides the clearest, so much complete, wide-ranging, and obtainable account of star tradition to date.
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Extra info for Celebrity Culture (Key Ideas)
The internet has, of course, emerged as an alternative. It barely needs stating that celebrity culture wouldn’t have been possible without television. Prior to its acceptance as a domestic appliance in the 1950s, we knew about prominent figures mainly by their names or artist’s impressions, still photographs or newsreels shown at the movies. “Television, bringing famous faces and sounds into our homes, has created different kinds of celebrity,” writes David Giles in his Illusions of Immortality: A psychology of fame and celebrity (2000: 32).
Telstar was the first of several similar satellites launched in the early 1960s. Signals were bounced off them while they orbited the earth so that telephone conversations and live television transmissions were made through space. In 1964, coverage of the summer Olympics in Tokyo were sent around the world via the Syncom 3 satellite. In 1969, the Apollo 11 satellite beamed images from the moon’s surface into people’s living rooms. Technological developments over the next few years made it possible for some stations to use satellite delivery of all their programs.
They’re now parts of our everyday vocabulary and we could justifiably say that they’ve come to signify technological progress. But there’s a price to pay for everything, especially progress. It might offer the prospect of genuine liberation, including a release from many of the irksome restrictions of life; it might actually produce life-altering benefits. On the other side of the balance sheet? Consider burning fossil fuels: it produced the energy that fired the industrial revolution, but left us with a global warming that endangers the planet.
Celebrity Culture (Key Ideas) by Ellis Cashmore