Celebrity Culture explores the ways in which celebrities are ‘manufactured’, how they establish their hold on the public imagination, and how social responses enable them to be what they are. Celebrity culture is marked by three main responses: adulation, identification, and emulation. The book proposes that these responses are generated as a result of media constructions of celebrities. Therefore, celebrity culture is something that must be studied as a consequence of new forms of media representation and mass culture.
Chapter 2: A Star is Born: Constructing Celebrity
A Star is Born: Constructing Celebrity
Are you one of those who always want to know what celebrities do and how they live?
Celebrity culture consists of everything that is publicly available about an individual, such as images, writing, autobiography, interviews and movies. Celebrity ecology, as I have termed this, is the apparatus of representation, production, circulation and consumption of iconic figures, events and actions. Celebrity ecology consists of multiple texts in several domains, but who manufactures these texts about celebrities? Where and how do they circulate?
The celebrity, as we have seen, is the effect not only of her or his achievements but also of the media coverage of these achievements. In short, a celebrity is constructed. But how does ...