What is celebrity? How do celebrities influence society? Why do we hang on their every word, tweet or status update? Celebrity Cultures offers a fresh insight into the field of celebrity studies by updating existing debates and exploring recent developments. From the PR campaigns of Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar to the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor of California, this book critically evaluates a number of diverse celebrity case-studies and considers what they reveal about contemporary global society. Taking into account issues such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, economics, politics and the media, the book draws upon a range of cultural theorists including Theodore Adorno and Jean Baudrillard. Over the course of ten richly illustrated chapters, the book: Draws upon sociology, cultural theory, media analysis and celebrity commentary to explore and re-evaluate the study of celebrity. Examines the international appeal of celebrity including examples from India, China, South Korea and Indonesia. Includes chapter introductions identifying key points and annotated further reading suggestions. Celebrity Cultures is an invaluable resource for students of celebrity, media and cultural studies.
While the professional and personal activities of celebrities cover a wide spectrum of media discourses, our primary source of information still comes from the world of journalism and news production. From promoting products, appearances, and revealing relationships, marriages, and pregnancies – from Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and Kate Middleton, to being at the epicentre of scandals – Chris Brown, Tiger Woods, Paula Deen, Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan, or Oscar Pistorius, celebrity and journalism has a long history and, according to many commentators, the connection between celebrity and journalism has never been closer, to the extent that the public demand for celebrity news is transforming the practice of journalism. However, the chapter will examine the modes by which social media have extended ...