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By: Nick Couldry

In: Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader

Chapter 29: Media Power: Some Hidden Dimensions

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Media Power: Some Hidden Dimensions
Media power: Some hidden dimensions


In my account of the symbolic hierarchy of the media frame, I will speak of the distinction between ‘media world’ and ‘ordinary world’. ‘Media world’ (used in inverted commas) here denotes a constructed term within this binary opposition, which may variously be mapped onto media institutions, the ‘worlds’ implied by media fictions, and so on. ‘Ordinary world’ denotes the other term within that binary opposition. There is no ‘ordinary world’, and no ‘media world’, only one social world of which the division between ‘media’ and ‘ordinary’ ‘worlds’ is a product.


It is ‘common sense’ that the ‘media world’ is somehow better, more intense, than ‘ordinary life’, and that ‘media people’ are somehow special. This is not based ...

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