“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.

Celebrity CEOs and the Cultural Economy of Tabloid Intimacy

Celebrity CEOs and the cultural economy of tabloid intimacy

Scenes from the recent media coverage of two CEOs:

One: An advert for Britain's first branch of the clothing store American Apparel graces the back of London's Time Out. American Apparel markets itself as ‘sweatshop-free’, as all its LA-based workers get more than the minimum wage. The ad features a grainy, amateur-style photo of the company's CEO, Dov Charney standing with his back to the camera, his bare butt poking below a t-shirt. This September' the ad proposes, ‘Come see what we're doing at our community store and gallery’. Clearly, American Apparel wants to be seen as doing more than paying decent wages. The ad is part of a ...

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