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Celebrity, the Tabloid and the Democratic Public Sphere
Celebrity, the tabloid and the democratic public sphere

The influence of celebrity, while pervasive right across the media, has been especially pronounced on certain kinds of media product. In television, for example, it has become an increasingly significant component of news and current affairs programming. It has also been fundamental to the format of successful network talk shows such as Oprah, Parkinson and Graham Norton, and an increasingly important objective for guests appearing on confessional talk shows such as Jerry Springer, Trisha and Ricki Lake as well as reality TV game-show hybrids like Big Brother. The internet is littered with celebrity pictorial and video sites, ranging from the official and the anodyne to the mischievous and scandalous. In ...

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