“This welcome addition to the literature on fame goes beyond goes beyond stardom–though Redmond and Holmes cover that topic well–to discuss stardom and celebrity in general.”

A.L. Knight, CHOICE

This book brings together some of the seminal interventions which have structured the development of star/celebrity studies, while crucially combining and situating these within the context of new essays which address the contemporary, cross-media and international landscape of today's fame culture. At the core of the collection is a desire to map out a unique historical trajectory – both in terms of the development of fame, as well as the historical development of star/celebrity studies.

Consuming Fame/Becoming Famous?: Celebrity and its Audience
Consuming fame/becoming famous?: Celebrity and its audience

Introduction

SeanRedmond and SuHolmes

[F]ame [is] … a social process and any explanation of fame must … include the place of the audience

(McDonald, 1995: 65)

Without consumption, the practices and processes of fame could not exist. Representation, identification and consumption have to exist in articulating frameworks for meaning to enter the social universe. As audiences, we fuel the economic enterprize of celebrity by purchasing the media products in which celebrities appear. The media, and a range of ancillary sites, provide the public stage on which celebrities perform, but for someone to become known means that their performance must ultimately meet with an audience.

There are many different ways in which audiences interact with celebrity culture ...

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