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Section Six: Consuming Fame/Becoming Famous?: Celebrity and its Audience

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Consuming Fame/Becoming Famous?: Celebrity and its Audience
Consuming fame/becoming famous?: Celebrity and its audience
Introduction
SeanRedmond and SuHolmes

[F]ame [is] … a social process and any explanation of fame must … include the place of the audience

(McDonald, 1995: 65)

Without consumption, the practices and processes of fame could not exist. Representation, identification and consumption have to exist in articulating frameworks for meaning to enter the social universe. As audiences, we fuel the economic enterprize of celebrity by purchasing the media products in which celebrities appear. The media, and a range of ancillary sites, provide the public stage on which celebrities perform, but for someone to become known means that their performance must ultimately meet with an audience.

There are many different ways in which audiences interact with celebrity culture ...

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