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.

Star Spotting: Celebrity and Scandal

Star spotting: Celebrity and scandal

Paris Hilton being arrested just makes her more famous.

– Michael Levine, publicist (Levine 2006)

In our age of the scandalisation of public life the media suffers from an overload of film stars, sports personalities, politicians and industrialists, that is, celebrities, caught in socially unacceptable situations. Debates about the collapse of values in public life are often triggered by such scandals as rave parties of college students,1 sports stars and their misdeeds and, to much lesser degree (understandably), politicians and their corruption. Stars are, however, always spotted—identified with and maligned, admired and abused. Stars are scarred.

Is it possible to be a celebrity without a scandal attached? Is a celebrity without the faintest whiff of scandal worth a newspaper's ...

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