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Section Two: The Analysis of Fame: Understanding Stardom

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The Analysis of Fame: Understanding Stardom
The analysis of fame: Understanding stardom

SeanRedmond and SuHolmes

In terms of popular media discourse and everyday ‘common sense’ reasoning, the idea that there is anything much to understand about stardom would be met with widespread disbelief. What is there to understand? Stars are just naturally charismatic; essentially beautiful; the camera adores them; light pours out from the centre of their beings. They live glamorous lives. They sometimes make (bad) mistakes. A number of them are phoney (not truly beautiful). We want to be like them, sometimes to the point of obsession. Stars are the main actors in a film, or the leading performers in a (music) video. They are ‘faces’ and ‘bodies’ in magazines, newspapers, posters and numerous advertisements. ...

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